October 02, 2015

Dan Brennan

Dan Brennan's hockey career took him all the way from a snowy northern British Columbia town called Dawson Creek all the way to the hot sunshine and bright lights of Hollywood.

No, Joey and Pacey were not to be found at either location at that time.

Brennan was born on October 1st, 1962 in Dawson Creek. The wintery town was great for aspiring hockey players. That being said, Dawson Creek is more famous for being "Mile 0" of the Alaska Highway than "Mile 0" en route to the National Hockey League.

Undeterred Dan headed to the University of North Dakota in 1980 to play hockey and earn a major in "recreation" over the next four years.

The LA Kings liked what they saw and drafted Brennan 165th overall in the 1981 NHL draft. He would join the Kings for two games in the 1984-85 season upon graduation.

Brennan needed more time to apprentice in the minor leagues. He got off to a good start - scoring 25 goals -in 1985-86 with New Haven of the AHL, but fell on hard times - scoring just 8 times - in year two. The Kings, who called him up for six more games, released him at the end of the year.

Brennan disappeared from the hockey world as best as one could at that time. He ended up enjoying the game again in a third division Swedish League, playing with little known Nittorps IK for three seasons before retiring.

Brennan would return to Dawson Creek, BC and become a sales manager for the local Chrysler dealer while getting very involved in minor hockey in the area.

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