30 Brian Eklund
30 Brian Eklund
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Braintree, MA
High School: Archbishop Williams
Position: G
A seventh round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2000's NHL Draft, Brian Eklund brings an abundance of talent to the goalie position for Brown. He is the second NHL draft from Brown in three years, after Chris Legg was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1999. The 1998 Massachusetts High School Athlete of the Year is an extraordinary skater and very athletic for his 6-5, 215-pound size. Mentally, Eklund is as tough as they come, and should be the starting keeper again this season, but he will be challenged by sophomore Yann Danis.

2000-2001: One of six Bears on the ECAC All-Academic squad, Eklund started 19 of Brown's 29 games ... He finished the season with 568 saves and a .902 save percentage with a 3.43 goals against average ... Posted 30 or more saves in 11 games, including a career-high 44 as Brown came away with a 3-3 tie at St. Lawrence ... Bested that career-high in Brown's season-ending 3-3 tie with Yale, stopping 48 shots, including 28 saves in the final 25 minutes of play as Brown was outshot 30-10 in the third and overtime periods combined ... Was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week following the Yale game for the second time of his career, while earning honors as the First Star of the Game ... Stopped 31 of 32 Providence shots in the second game of the season to help Brown claim the 15th Annual Mayor's Cup ... Tallied 31 saves, allowing just one goal in 2-0 loss at Cornell; named the Third Star of the Game ... Also had two 41-save outings; in Brown's 6-3 victory over Union, which included 18 saves in the third period, and in the 4-2 loss at #4 St. Cloud, as he earned Second Star honors after giving up only a pair of power play goals.

1999-2000: One of 10 Bears on the ECAC All-Academic squad, he appeared in 12 games with eight starts ... Finished season with a 2.95 goals against average and a .915 save percentage in almost 570 minutes of action ... Posted a career high 35 saves in 7-6 loss at Colgate ... Had a 30-save effort in the very next game at Maine ... In mid-January, posted another 30-save effort against Niagara, followed by a new career high 36 saves the next night ... Bested that with a career-high 40 saves at Merrimack, turning back three five-on-three Warrior advantages ... Earned ECAC Goaltender of the Week honors when he recorded 32 saves and his first career shutout, second career victory, in a 6-0 blanking of # 9 St. Lawrence, the only shutout of the season.

1998-99: Eklund earned distinction as the tallest goalie in NCAA Division I in his first season ... His first career start came against Rensselaer, where he fell by a 2-0 margin, despite making 22 saves ... He picked up his first collegiate victory in his next start, a 6-2 win at Niagara where he made 29 saves ... Came on for an injured Scott Stirling in the season finale, playing 52 minutes, and holding the Bears in the contest until the waning minutes of the game, and earning admiration from Clarkson head coach Mark Morris ... Played almost 300 minutes and posted a 3.41 goals against average.

Before Brown: Eklund posted his career best season as a senior, en route to earning a plethora of honors and awards. In 22 games, he managed a goals against average of 1.84 and save percentage of .952, while recording six shutouts. In his senior year, he led Archbishop Williams to the Division IA State Finals (Archbishop Williams' third straight appearance in the finals) and captured the 1998 CCL Championship. Individually, he earned Hockey Night in Boston "Best Pro Prospect" honors and was the HNIB Top Goaltender. He was chosen the HNIB Division I Goalie of the Year, named the John Carlton Award Winner, chosen the School Sports Hockey Player of the Year, named a Coca-Cola Classic first team all-star and CCL all-star, voted a Boston Globe Super Team member, named a Boston Herald Dream Team member, and named Quincy Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic.

Personal: Brian Michael Eklund is the son of William and Brenda Eklund of Braintree, Massachusetts ... Has a sister, Bridget, 19, and brother, Brendan, 13 ... National Honor Society member, and was ranked third in his class of 143 people ... Interests: Computers, Rollerblading ... Major: Biology.