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Brian Pockar
Personal information
Full name Brian James Pockar
Country represented Canada
Born (1959-10-27)October 27, 1959
Calgary, Alberta
Died April 28, 1992(1992-04-28) (aged 32)
Skating club Calgary WC
Retired 1982

Brian James Pockar (October 27, 1959 – April 28, 1992) was a Canadian figure skater. He was the 1982 World bronze medalist, a three-time Canadian national champion (1978–80), and competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics.[1] He was born and died in Calgary.

After turning pro, Pockar toured with Stars on Ice and worked as a choreographer. He died of AIDS in 1992.[2] Scott Hamilton outed Pockar as gay in Hamilton's autobiography, Landing It.[3]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82
Olympics 12th
Worlds 14th 10th 13th 9th 8th 3rd
Skate Canada 11th 5th 3rd 2nd
Nebelhorn 4th
St. Gervais 2nd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 3rd
Canadians 3rd J. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd
J. = Junior level


  1. ^ "Brian Pockar". sports-reference.com. 
  2. ^ Bondy, Filip (November 17, 1992). "FIGURE SKATING; AIDS Deaths Tear at Figure-Skating World". The New York Times. Retrieved March 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Scott; Benet, Lorenzo (1999). Landing It: My Life on and Off the Ice. Kensington Publishing. ISBN 1-57566-466-6. 

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CTV News
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:03:45 -0800

OTTAWA - World champion Jeffrey Buttle and the late Brian Pockar are among the six new members headed into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. Buttle and Pockar will be recognized in the athlete category, the late John Knebli and Norman Scott in the ...

The Kingston Whig-Standard

The Kingston Whig-Standard
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:13:30 -0800

“When I came (to the nationals) in 1981, Brian Pockar was the three-time Canadian champion and I was having a great season and everybody started talking about maybe I could win ... and it's great thing. But at the same time it can play havoc a little ...
Edmonton Journal (blog)
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:08:18 -0700

The team of Johnny Esaw, and his commentating team of Debbi Wilkes and the late Brian Pockar. It was the sheer professionalism. Johnny Esaw died on April 6 at the age of 87. Esaw brought figure skating into the home, the first person anywhere in the ...
Calgary Herald
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:49:17 -0700

There are stories of business leaders such as Tom Forzani, of politicians like MLA Dave Rodney and of athletes like Canadian figure skater Brian Pockar whose successes on the ice, and his well-publicized death, are preserved within Mitchell's boxes.
National Post (blog)
Mon, 26 Dec 2011 07:02:05 -0800

(a) Toller Cranston, Brian Pockar, Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko (b) Toller Cranston, Brian Orser, Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko (c) Brian Orser, Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko and Jeff Skinner (d) Brian Orser, Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko and Jeffrey ...

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