Bryan and I first crossed paths after the Spokane Chiefs and the Medicine Hat Tigers made a blockbuster trade in 1992. The teams exchanged 5 players each and Caber became a teammate and a friend over the next 2.5 seasons.
Caber was drafted 40th overall in 1993 by the New York Islanders and played his first game for the Isles in 1995. He was their captain two years later. McCabe ended up wearing the jersey of 6 NHL teams: Islanders, Canucks, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Panthers and Rangers.
Bryan McCabe was one of the leagues top defenseman in the 2000’s. His cumulative stats sit alongside names like Lidstrom, Zubov, Chara, and Niedermayer.
He was a two-time Canadian World Junior Gold medalist, NHL All-Star, Canadian Olympian, gold medal winner at the World Championships and captain of the Islanders and Panthers.
With over 1100 NHL games and now the Director of Player Development for the Florida Panthers McCabe brings a wealth of experience and perspective to the podcast.
McCabe is an open book. He is a father and a husband and man who cares about his players and his teammates. He even shares a story that brings him to tears.
If you are a Toronto Maple Leaf fan this episode is a must listen. Brian covers the joys and the perils of playing in Toronto and he would know. From being celebrated to being booed on every possession McCabe saw the best and worst of Leaf fans.
This interview is candid, raw and honest and one that you will enjoy.
Meet my friend and teammate… Bryan McCabe.