Brian McFarlane is known as Canada's foremost hockey historian, a man who has been a player, a writer and a broadcaster of the game for over fifty years.
For 26 years he served as a host and commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. Before that, he became the first Canadian to work on U.S hockey telecasts when he was employed by CBS in 1960 and did most of his interviews on skates. In the seventies, he worked on the NBC telecasts when he introduced Peter Puck to the telecasts.
He has written over 90 books on hockey and in 1995 he was inducted into the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is also a member of four other Sports Halls of Fame.
As a player he once had to check Jean Beliveau in a playoff series and he went on to become an All America player at St. Lawrence University. He still holds several St. Lawrence scoring records including one for most career goals.
He played for the NHL Oldtimers for 17 seasons, the only amateur on the team.
Brian comes by his writing talents honestly for he is the son of Leslie McFarlane, author of the first 23 books in the famous Hardy Boys series.
Brian once owned the Montreal Canadiens pro lacrosse team, a hockey museum and paints in acrylics in his spare time.