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Brian Eklund joined the Harvard men’s coaching staff in the fall of 2013 as a volunteer assistant goalie coach and is in his fourth season with the team in 2016-17. Eklund was a valuable resource for the Harvard netminders in his first season, helping Raphael Girard '14 earn All-Ivy League accolades in his senior campaign.
The 2015-16 season saw Eklund guide sophomore Merrick Madsen to a breakout season. Madsen finished in the top-15 in the nation in goals against, save percentage, win percentage and shutouts in his first year as the Crimson's starting netminder. His terrific efforts in net under Eklund's tutelage led to his selection as a nominee for the Mike Richter Award as college hockey's top goaltender.
In 2014-15, Eklund coached Steve Michalek '15 during a record-breaking season. Michalek made the most starts in a single year for a netminder, 37, and also finished tied for second in wins with 21. His 1,029 saves were a program single-season record and his 63 saves in the Beanpot versus Boston University was both a program and Beanpot record. The success of Harvard's goaltending helped lead it to the ECAC Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth.
No stranger to ECAC Hockey, Eklund played four seasons with Brown, earning ECAC All-Academic honors three years in a row. A seventh-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Eklund spent time with the Providence Bruins (AHL), the Springfield Falcons (AHL) and the Pensacola Ice Pilots (ECHL). He made his NHL debut with the Lightning against the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005-06 season.
A Massachusetts native, Eklund grew up in nearby Braintree and received numerous area accolades, including High School Male Athlete of the Year as a senior, Boston Globe and Boston Herald Dream Team honors and receiving the John Carlton Award present by the Boston Bruins. He played for Archbishop William high school and helped the squad to a Division I state championship as a junior.
Eklund is the owner/director at Massachusetts Crease, a goalie school that he developed to mentor aspiring goaltenders of high school age and above.