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2/24/1971 Sudbury, Ontario
Montreal's 11th, 171st overall, in 1991.
Savage attended the University of Miami-Ohio for three seasons, leading the CCHA in goals in his final year, 1992-93. He played for the Canadian National Team for the following two years and represented Canada at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, where he earned a silver medal.
He was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1991 Entry Draft and saw his first action in the NHL in the 1993-94 season. The next year, he made the team and stayed with them for good. The 1996-97 season saw Savage collect a career-high 37 assists and 60 points.
It was during a November game in 1999 when Savage was checked awkwardly in a game against the L.A. Kings. He fell to the ice twitching and was carried off on a stretcher. His vertebrae had been cracked in several places, and he needed a head brace for some time. At first, fans thought he would never play hockey again, but Savage came back four months later to play much to the delight of the Canadiens fans and players.
Savage went on to play parts of ten seasons with the Canadiens before he was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the 2001-02 season. At the 2004 trade deadline, he was dealt to the St. Louis Blues for future considerations.
Aside from his Olympic experience in 1994, Savage is a two-time member of Canada's World Championship team from 1993 and 1999.
Brian Savage is currently retired.
CCHA First All-Star Team (1993); NCAA West Second All-American Team (1993). Missed majority of 1999-2000 season recovering from neck injury suffered in game vs. LA Kings, November 20th, 1999. Traded to Phoenix by Montreal with Montreal's 3rd round choice (Matt Jones) in 2002 Entry Draft and future considerations for Sergei Berezin, January 25th, 2002.