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All-Star: Briere's Career High

Tuesday, 01.09.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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All-Star: Briere\'s Career High
There was a time when Daniel Briere thought about ending his National Hockey League career, packing his family up and playing in a European League.

Being a two-way player between the Phoenix Coyotes and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, was not what Briere had in mind as ideal situation. His career outlook was so bleak, he could never have dreamed of being selected an NHL All-Star.

On Tuesday night, Briere became just that, as he was named as one of three Sabres to start the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas, TX on January 24 (Versus, 8 p.m.). Briere joins defenseman Brian Campbell and goaltender Ryan Miller on the Eastern Conference's top unit.

"I've watched a lot of All-Star Games," said Briere. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish to get the chance to go at least once.

"Did I really believe that five years ago? Probably not."

After a stellar junior career with Dummondville, where he led his team in scoring for three seasons, Briere became a coveted first-round selection (26th overall) by the Coyotes in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Buffalo's little engine that could then went on quite a scoring run to open his career, lighting the lamp just three times in his first 36 games over three seasons. The lack of production landed Briere on the waiver wire in 2001. Any general manager could have claimed him for nothing, but each passed on the opportunity.

"Not one team wanted me on their team," said Briere. "I think that's why I appreciate this so much."

"I never considered giving up hockey. I thought about going to Europe. I always wondered if the European game was better suited for me and if it would be a better move than being an up-and-down guy for about four years."

Close family and friends convinced Briere to remain in the NHL. The decision paid off as he was acquired by Buffalo along with a third-round pick from Phoenix on March 10, 2003, in one of the greatest trades in franchise history, in exchanged for Chris Gratton and a fourth-round choice.

Briere has since piled up 184 (76+108) points in 186 games with the Sabres.

Add the NHL's rule changes following the lockout, and the small, skilled forward became an offensive juggernaut. His 49 points (16+33) in 42 games leads all Buffalo scorers this season.

"The two biggest things to happen to me was being waived and then traded to Buffalo," said Briere.

"What [the All-Star selections] says to me, is that with the coach, three starters and probably more being announced on Saturday, this is not something that you've done by yourself. Our team isn't just about one person."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82