Brian Bellows born September 1, 1964 in St. Catharines, Ontario is a retired professional ice hockey player. Bellows was drafted second overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1982. Bellows was often "compared to Wayne Gretzky", which led to a tough rookie season, this pressure to succeed caused criticisms when he did not live up to them. Bellows improved greatly in the second half of his rookie season and he finished with 35 goals. In the playoffs that year, Bellows scored 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 9 games. In his second year, Bellows was named the North Stars' captain, becoming one of the youngest players in league history to assume leadership duties.
Bellows played 10 seasons with the North Stars and was admired in
Minnesota for his charity work in many causes, ranging from Special Olympics and drug prevention, as well as his goal-scoring. He had a North Star record 342 goals in 753 games, peaking with 55 goals in 1989-90. In 1990-91, Bellows scored 29 points in the post-season to become the North Stars career playoff point leader, and took the North Stars to the Stanley Cup finals where they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins. On August 31, 1992 Bellows was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Russ Courtnall. The trade angered Bellows, when he joined the Canadiens, Bellows remarked, "I hope to score more than last year. I want to come in and prove I can still play to the levels expected. I was shocked about the trade but I'm excited about the new change and the chance to play for the Canadiens. His 88 points were the second highest season total of his career, and his 15 playoff points helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1993. As his career was winding down, Bellows played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Washington Capitals. In the 1997-98 NHL season the Capitals made it to the Stanley Cup finals, but lost to the Detroit Red Wings. The 1998-1999 season was his last. On January 2, 1999, Bellows scored his 1000th career regular season point, becoming the 54th NHL player to reach that plateau.
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