ECHL Coaches Profiles
Bryan Maxwell
Victoria Salmon Kings

This is the last in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.

The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.

Here are the answers given by Victoria’s Bryan Maxwell.

Best player you have coached?

Wayne Gretzky

Best player who you played with during your career?

Mario Lemieux and Dale Hawerchuk

What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?

It’s my first year so I have no idea

If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?

Professional landscaper

Who is the person you admire most?

My dad, Stan Maxwell

Your ideal golf foursome would have?

Bryan Maxwell, Randy Maxwell, Greg Maxwell and Brent Maxwell

Brian Maxwell was named head coach of Victoria on November 6, 2004. He coached for 11 seasons in the Western Hockey League with Medicine Hat, Spokane and Lethbridge, winning the Memorial Cup Championship in 1987 with Medicine Hat and in 1991 with Spokane. Named WHL Coach of the Year in 1991-92, the 50-year-old Maxwell is 348-321-54 in 730 regular season games and 40-36 in 76 postseason games in the WHL. He was an assistant coach in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings in 1987-88 and 1988-89. Maxwell was selected in the first round (fourth overall) by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft and in the second round (second overall) by the Indianapolis Racers in the 1975 WHA Amateur Draft. He played eight seasons in the NHL from 1977-85 with Minnesota, St. Louis, Winnipeg and Pittsburgh, finishing with 95 points (18g-77a) and 745 penalty minutes in 331 regular season games and two points (1g-1a) and 86 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He played three seasons in the WHA with Cleveland, Cincinnati and New England, finishing with 29 points (3g-26a) and 217 penalty minutes in 124 regular season games and one assist and 33 penalty minutes in six playoff games.