Athens, GA (Dec 5, 2007) - Andy Brickley is the Boston Bruins color analyst for NESN. This is his profile as published by the New England Sports Network (NESN).
A nine-year veteran and two-time Emmy Award nominee, Andy Brickley entered the broadcasting world after a 14-year professional hockey career that included four seasons with the Boston Bruins from 1988-92 - the time of Bourque, Neely, Lemelin, Moog, and other Stanley Cup finalists teammates.
Brickley first began broadcasting on radio, providing color commentary for Bruins games in 1996. After just one year, he was recruited to move to television by UPN38, where he served as color analyst for two seasons, ultimately joining the NESN team in 2000.
In addition to providing insight on the Bruins and their NHL competition, Andy has also lent his keen eye and in-depth analysis to broadcasting AHL, IHL, NCAA, and amateur hockey, including three years with the World Junior Championships from Finland, Nova Scotia, and North Dakota. Broadcasting for ESPN at the 2005 WJC tournament gave Andy a preview of young super talents Sidney Crosby for Canada and Alexander Ovechkin for Russia prior to their emergence on the NHL scene.
Brickley's own professional playing career was punctuated by two IHL Turner Cup championship teams in Denver in 1994-95 and Utah in 1995-96. He retired with NHL career totals of 222 points in 285 NHL games (82 goals, 140 assists) with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Boston, and Winnipeg. He was a crafty forward, best known for his eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head passing and ability to withstand pressure due to his cunning calmness and intellectual knack for seeing all playmaking options.
Brickley attended the University of New Hampshire where he played three seasons with the Wildcats, scoring 68 goals with 69 assists for 137 career points in 93 games. He was voted All-New England, All East, and first team NCAA All-American in 1982, when he led his team to the NCAA Final Four. In 1992, Brickley played for Team USA in the World Championships held in Prague. A native of Melrose, Andy was inducted into the Melrose High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988, the same year he was also inducted into UNH's Hall of Fame.
Andy resides in Hingham with his wife, Diane, and daughters, Jenna and Michaela.