Daniel Briere is in his first season as General Manager after being named to the position on May 11, 2023. In this role, he is responsible for all hockey decisions as it pertains to signings, trades and draft picks as well as overseeing scouting, player development, roster construction and more.
Briere spent served as the Flyers Interim General Manager from March 10-May 10, 2023 and as the team’s Special Assistant to the GM from Feb. 8, 2022-March 9, 2023. He spent five seasons as Team President and Director of Operations for the Maine Mariners (ECHL) from June 2017-Feb. 2022. He also spent two years with the Flyers business operations before overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Mariners.
Briere collected 696 points (307-389=696) in 973 career NHL games in 17 seasons with Arizona, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Montreal and Colorado. In addition, the forward registered 116 points (53-63=116) in 124 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Most notably, he achieved his greatest success as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2007-13. He recorded 283 points (124-159=283) in 354 regular season games and 72 points (37-35=72) in 68 Stanley Cup Playoff matches. He ranks second all-time in Flyers history with 13 career playoff game-winning goals and sixth in goals and points. He posted 12 points (3-9=12) in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, the most ever by a Flyer and just one point shy of Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record of 13 points in a Stanley Cup Final. He also holds the Flyers franchise record for scoring in a postseason with 30 points (12-18=30) during the 2010 postseason. Briere won the Toyota Cup following the 2010-11 season, the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions in the 2010 playoffs and the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award, chosen by the Philadelphia PHWA following the 2007-08 season.
Prior to signing with the Flyers, Briere played in parts of four seasons (2002-04, 2005-07) with the Buffalo Sabres, registering 230 points (92-138=230), 36 power-play goals and 14 game-winning goals in 225 games. He was named co-captain before the start of the 2005-06 season and was named the 2007 All-Star Game MVP. He collected 34 points (11-23=34), five power-play goals and three game-winning goals in two postseasons with the Sabres (2006 & 2007). He led the team in scoring during the 2006 postseason and holds the Sabres record for assists in a postseason with 12 during the 2007 playoffs.
Briere was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (24th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut on March 19, 1998 vs. Colorado. The Gatineau, Quebec native, spent six seasons with the Coyotes (1997-2003) and was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy following the 2001-02 season. He spent his final two NHL seasons with Montreal (2013-14) and Colorado (2014-15) before announcing his retirement on Aug. 17, 2015.
Briere spent three seasons with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 1998-2001. He won the 1998 AHL Rookie of the Year with 92 points (36-56=92) in 68 games and was named an AHL All-Star in 1998 and 2001.
Prior to his professional debut, he skated in three seasons with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and recorded 416 points (170-246=416) in 198 games (1994-97). He became the fourth player in QMJHL history to lead the league in points (163), goals (67) and assists (96) in 67 games during the 1995-96 season. He was named the QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year and QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Year in 1994-95.
Internationally, Briere has represented Canada on several occasions and helped them win a gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Junior Championships and back-to-back gold medals at the 2003 and 2004 IIHF World Hockey Championships.
He is married to Dr. Misha Briere and has four sons: Caelan, Carson, Cameron, Caiden.