Leon Carl Bryant
Leon Carl Bryant
Hometown: Wellington, Ontario
Team: Ice Hockey

Leon Carl Bryant '65
Hometown: Wellington, Ontario
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1978

Leon Carl Bryant '65 became the first Brown hockey player to achieve All-Ivy first team status in each of his three varsity seasons. Considered by many to be one of the finest playmakers in Brown hockey history, Bryant ended his varsity career with 55 goals and 75 assists for 130 points, at that time the third highest total on the Brown books. The native of Wellington, Ont., was twice named to the All-New England team, and in 1963 he received the George Carens Award as the outstanding sophomore in New England. According to his coach, Jim Fullerton, Leon Bryant was the ideal center, possessing the patience, timing, and stick-handling ability to set up plays for his wings and also having the natural scoring ability to put the puck in the cage if left unguarded. "Leon was a money player, one who got you either the assist or the goal when you needed it," says Fullerton. The soft-spoken Bryant always claimed that he derived more pleasure from setting up a teammate than he did in finishing off a play himself. Yet, he had a track record for coming through with the big goal, sometimes in dramatic fashion. During his sophomore year Brown played the tough U.S. Nationals and beat them, 2-0. Bryant scored both goals. Taking on Princeton at historic Hobey Baker Rink as a senior, Leon Bryant twice scored on breakaways - while Brown was two men short. His senior team in 1964-65 had a 21-9 record, won the Ivy League title, finished second in the East, and played in the NCAA Tourney, which was held at Brown's Meehan Auditorium. "When I think of Leon Bryant, I think of the perfect team man," Coach Fullerton adds. "And in my book, that's the ultimate praise for a hockey player." Bryant is now head of the Art Department at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Bonnie, and daughters, Sarah Jane and Amy Linn.