The New Jersey Devils today named Brian Eklund to the position of goaltending coach for the Binghamton Devils. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.
Eklund served as the goaltending coach of the Boston University Terriers for five seasons from 2016 through 2020. Before his stint with BU, Eklund was a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard University Crimson. In his time with the Crimson, Eklund's goaltenders set records in wins, saves and starts, and also won the 2015 ECAC tournament.
As a goaltender, Eklund skated in one regular-season NHL contest (Nov. 8, 2005) over his six-year professional career. He was awarded a Stanley Cup ring as he served as Tampa Bay's third goalie during the 2004 Playoffs. Eklund was drafted in the seventh-round, 226th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft.
The 40-year-old netminder spent two professional seasons with the Springfield Falcons and one with the Providence Thunderbirds (AHL). Eklund played in 73 games posting a 3.95 GAA and .874 SV% in his American Hockey League career. He spent his three seasons in the ECHL with the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Johnstown Chiefs, recording 83 games played, posting a 3.15 GAA and .916 SV%. The goaltender set the record for most minutes played in one season (3,724), saves in one season (2,194) and most saves in a playoff game (83; 2-1 2OT loss) during the 2003-04 ECHL season.
Born in Braintree, MA on May 24, 1980, Eklund played four seasons of collegiate hockey, 1998-2002, with Brown University. Eklund owns a goalie school designed to develop aspiring goalies called Massachusetts Crease.