Television Color AnalystThe original television analyst for the Anaheim Ducks, Brian Hayward completed his 21st season with the club. He has called 1,158 regular-season Ducks games since joining the team and worked his 1,000th Ducks broadcast on Jan. 16, 2011 vs. Edmonton. Over the past 20 years, he has earned a reputation as one of hockey’s most articulate and informative analysts. He has also been an active member of the Orange County community since joining the Ducks, participating in numerous charitable events on behalf of the club.
Hayward has also called national games for NBC, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBC. He appeared as an analyst for the “NHL on NBC,” which included work at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. He also served as color commentator for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey on ESPN’s telecasts of the event. In 1998, he was a roving reporter during the Stanley Cup Final for ESPN, where he had the distinction of interviewing President Bill Clinton during a game in Washington.
After earning All-American honors as a goaltender at Cornell in 1982, Hayward went on to play in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks. In 1984-85, Hayward established a franchise record by winning 33 games with the Jets.
In Montreal, he teamed with Patrick Roy to win the William M. Jennings Trophy three consecutive years (1987-89) as the team allowing the fewest goals over the course of the regular season. Hayward also appeared in the Stanley Cup Final in 1986 with Montreal and 1991 with Minnesota.
A member of the inaugural San Jose Sharks in 1991-92, Hayward gained experience as an analyst on select Sharks games while sidelined with injuries. When a back injury forced a premature end to his playing career, he became a full-time broadcaster with the Ducks.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Hayward holds a degree in business management from Cornell. He resides in Anaheim Hills with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Courtney.