Athletics Hall of Fame
Brian Carleton

Brian Carleton

SPORT(S) Men's Ice Hockey

Brian Carleton came to Bemidji State University as one of three recruits in 1976. Coach R. H. “Bob” Peters invited Brian and his Estevan Bruins teammates Dale Baldwin and Gary Krawchuk to play for the Beavers' hockey team. Brian was a four-year letter-winner at Bemidji State who helped his teams to an overall record of 100-19-4. He was an integral part of two national championship teams (1978-79 and 1979-80). In 1977-78, Brian led the Beavers with 41 assists—a mark that still stands sixth on BSU’s single-season assists list. He, Baldwin and Krawchuk captained the 1979-80 team. He finished his career with 42 goals, 111 assists and 153 total points in 114 games played and remains 15th on BSU’s all-time scoring list and fifth on BSU’s all-time assists list. In 2006, Carleton was selected as a member of BSU’s “50 Legends for 50 years.” In 1978 he was voted to the All ICHA Team.  Brian has taught High School for 32 years and has spent the last ten years in Administration.  He has coached Junior A, Minor Hockey and worked with Hockey Alberta as an Elite Level Coach.  To this day he still plays the game that we all love.

Brian lives in Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada with his wife, Karen, who also graduated from BSU. They have a son, Adam, and a daughter, Kellirae.