Father of Bryan Jr. and Dennis NHL First All-Star Team (1940, 1941, 1942) NHL Second All-Star Team (1943)
Missed entire 1944-45 and majority of 1945-46 seasons after being refused permission to enter USA by War Mobilization Command, November 22, 1944. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by NY Rangers for cash, September 21, 1948. Traded to Washington (AHL) by Cleveland (AHL) with Ab DeMarco for Ken Schultz, Dan Porteous and Frank Porteous, January 20, 1949.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3