When Brian turned pro, as a coach, I could see the natural ability he possessed. When I decided to play again, and was paired together with Brian, the skill and ease of his play was even more evident. What allowed Brian to become a very good pro was his attention to detail, his dedication to his craft and his passion for the game. His smooth style could sometimes fool the casual viewer but Brian could execute all the “little things” with grace and ease. He quickly and quietly became the teams top defenseman in his first season because of these attributes and his willingness to learn. I am confident Brian will be successful in any future endeavors, especially when it comes to the game of hockey and it’s various skill components. He is a person who appreciates the finer points of the game and presents them with a gentle, compassionate approach.
I had the pleasure to be Brian’s teammate as he became the first southern california born and raised prospect to play for the Anaheim Ducks. He is an elite talent, a great puck-moving defenseman who knows both sides of the game. His knowledge of the game translated to success at all levels from prep school to collegiate D1 and a 12 year career in the professional ranks, I am sure that this well rounded pedigree will be put to great use when instructing hockey’s future generations.
Brian Salcido is passionate about making those around him maximize their hockey abilities. An incredible player, an ultimate leader, and an excellent communicator, he consistently makes those around him better. I have no doubt in my mind that his personal characteristics and on ice attributes will shape the games of many young men that will not only go on to be hockey stars, but also great people in the world.
Whether Brian is playing, coaching,or training, he brings an everyday passion and commitment to the game of hockey that is contagious to everybody around him