Travis Brigley was selected by the Calgary Flames in the second round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 39th overall after playing four years with the Lethbridge Broncos of the WHL. Brigley joined Lethbridge at 16, playing one game with the club. In his rookie season he played in 64 games, scoring 14 goals and 32 points. He more than doubled his output the following season, scoring 34 times while counting 77 points in his draft year. Brigley returned for his final year of junior hockey in 1996-97, playing 71 games scoring 43 goals and 90 points. Brigley and the Broncos won the WHL title and advanced to the Memorial Cup championship game where they lost 5-1 to the Hull Olympiques.
In 1997-98, Brigley played in two games for the Calgary Flames but the balance of his season was spent with their farm team in St. John, New Brunswick. In 79 games he popped in 17 goals and 32 points. Brigley went on to play parts of three seasons with Flames organization before moving around in the IHL, AHL, UHL, ECHL and brief stint in Britain before returning to the NHL during the 2003-04 season as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
In the summer of 2005, Brigley was acquired by the New York Islanders.