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CANTON — Brian McFarlane holds quite the stature in St. Lawrence hockey history.

A former All-American for the Saints’ men’s hockey team in the 1950s, McFarlane stands as the program’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 101 over four years.

The 1955 graduate will be returning to Canton this weekend. He will be in attendance as part of St. Lawrence’s hockey alumni weekend, which continues today with alumni night to follow as the Saints host Northeastern University at 7 at Appleton Arena.

Along with McFarlane, 82, several former St. Lawrence standouts from the past are expected to attend tonight’s game.

Also as part of the festivities, McFarlane, who went on to gain fame as a broadcaster on Hockey Night in Canada and as an author of several hockey books, will give a talk about his experiences this morning.

McFarlane will speak at 11 a.m. in the Winston Room at the Sullivan Student Center on campus.

“There are very few players who have come close to matching what he has done as a player here,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said of McFarlane, a member of St. Lawrence University’s Hall of Fame. “And with what he’s done professionally since, he was an icon with Hockey Night in Canada.”

As a forward, McFarlane starred for the Saints with his scoring prowess as he scored five goals in a game on three different occasions.

McFarlane began as a commentator for Hockey Night in Canada in 1964. McFarlane, also provided color commentary for both CBS and NBC broadcasts of NHL games. His sometimes controversial 28-year career with Hockey Night in Canada ended in 1991.

A native of New Liskeard, Ontario, McFarlane was honored in 1995 for his work as a broadcaster as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame’s media section.

McFarlane has also had an extensive writing career as well as he’s penned more than 93 books on hockey.

His first book, “50 Years of Hockey” was published in 1968 and he continues writing about hockey to this day.

McFarlane, an expert on hockey history, has compiled several works on the sport, including “It Happened in Hockey,” about the NHL’s Original Six teams, “Proud Past Bright Future,” the history of Women’s Hockey.

This morning’s session with McFarlane is open to the public.

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