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|1984 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 36 overall by Quebec Nordiques
April 30, 1966
Height: 6-1 Weight: 185
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Was Sudbury's first-round pick, No. 2 overall, in 1982 OHL
priority selection. ... Played minor hockey in the Nepean, Ontario, system
that also produced Steve Yzerman. ... Grew up in Ottawa idolizing hometown
hero Denis Potvin.
| Debut: February 2, 1986 (Quebec at Buffalo)|
28, 22 (Quebec);
21 (St. Louis); 22 (Van.); 27, 2 (Hart./
Carolina); 33 (Toronto); 28
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
1986-1998||Quebec, St. Louis, Van.,|
Hart./Car., Toronto, Wash.
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
1986-1998||QUE, STL, VAN, WAS
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1993 (St. Louis) (injured, did not play)
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1994 (Vancouver), 1998 (Washington)
Vancouver Pratt Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman): 1995
Hartford Most Valuable Defenseman: 1995-96
St. Louis Records: Most points by a defenseman in one season (78 in
1992-93), most goals by a defenseman in one season (25 in
1992-93), most power-play goals by a defenseman in one season (12 in
1992-93), most points by a defenseman in one playoff year
(12 in 1990 and 1991, shares record)
Vancouver Records: Most
points by a defenseman in a playoff year (15 in 1994)
Vancouver Assists Leader: 1995 (23, tie)
1997-98: Played on first Carolina Hurricanes team.
Miscellaneous: Tied St. Louis record (since broken) for goals by a
defenseman in one playoff year with two in 1990. ... Missed part of 1990-91
season with hairline fracture of left ankle, an injury suffered when he was
hit by a shot during St. Louis' Feb. 14, 1991, game at Vancouver. He did not
return to action until St. Louis' March 16, 1991, game vs. Chicago. ... Led
all St. Louis defensemen in points (59), goals (12) and assists (47) in 1990-91. ... Set St. Louis record
(since broken) for goals by a defenseman in one playoff year with three in
1991. ... Tied St. Louis single-season record (since broken) for goals by a
defenseman with 20 in 1991-92. ... Led all St. Louis defensemen in points
(59), goals (20) and assists (39) in 1991-92. ... Missed part of 1992-93
season with broken left foot, an injury suffered when he was hit by a
slapshot during St. Louis' Jan. 14, 1993, game at Ottawa. The injury kept
him out of the 1993 NHL All-Star Game, and he did not return to action until
St. Louis' Feb. 11, 1993, game vs. Washington. He re-aggravated the injury
during that game and did not return to action until St. Louis' Feb. 17,
1993, game at New Jersey. ... Led all NHL defensemen with 11.4 percent
shooting percentage in 1992-93. ... Finished second among all NHL defensemen
with 25 goals and 12 power-play goals in 1992-93. ... Led all St. Louis
defensemen in points (78), goals (25) and assists (53) in 1992-93. ...
Missed part of 1993-94 season with broken pinky finger, an injury suffered
during St. Louis' Oct. 30, 1993, game at Boston. He did not return to action
until St. Louis' Nov. 9, 1993, game vs. Pittsburgh. ... Missed part of
1993-94 season with broken right thumb, an injury suffered during St. Louis'
Jan. 15, 1994, game vs. Buffalo. He did not return to action until St.
Louis' Jan. 29, 1994, game at Calgary. ... Left St. Louis at trading
deadline on March 21, 1994, with franchise record (since broken) for career
goals by a defenseman (80). ... Set Vancouver record (since broken) for
goals by a defenseman in one playoff year with six in 1994. ... Missed part
of 1995 season with cracked bone in left wrist, an injury suffered when he
was slashed by Kris Draper during Vancouver's March 6, 1995, game vs.
Detroit. He did not return to action until Vancouver's April 4, 1995, game
vs. Dallas. ... Missed remainder of 1995 regular season with separated
shoulder, an injury suffered during Vancouver's April 28, 1995, game vs. St.
Louis. He did not return to action until Game 1 of Vancouver's first-round
playoff series at St. Louis on May 7, 1995. ... Missed part of 1995 playoffs
with bruised thigh, an injury suffered during Game 4 of Vancouver's
first-round playoff series vs. St. Louis on May 13, 1995. He did not return
to action until Game 4 of Vancouver's second-round series vs. Chicago on May
27, 1995. ... Scored first NHL preseason goal in history of Vancouver's
General Motors Place in a preseason game on Sept. 23, 1995. ... Led all
Hartford defensemen with 38 points and 31 assists in 1995-96. ... Missed
remainder of 1996-97 season with strained back, a chronic injury which he
re-aggravated during Hartford's season-opener vs. Phoenix on Oct. 5, 1996.
The injury required season-ending disc fusion surgery on Oct. 23, 1996. ...
Was on Hartford team that moved to Carolina on June 25,
1997. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with chronic headaches, suffered
after Washington's April 6, 1998, game vs. Montreal. He did not return until Game
1 of Washington's
Stanley Cup Finals series at Detroit on June 9, 1998. ... Retired in 1998
after failing to find a new team as a Group III unrestricted free agent. As
a result, he played his final NHL game in the Stanley Cup Finals.
During the 1997-98 season, Brown missed six games with an ankle infection
that could have ended his life if it had been detected any later. The
problem dated back to a game on Dec. 20, 1997, when Brown, then playing with
Carolina, suffered a deep gash in his shin when he was cut by a Washington
player's skate. Carolina trainers treated the injury and stitched it up,
enabling Brown to return to action. Two weeks later, on Jan. 2, 1998,
Carolina traded Brown to Toronto, and he played three games with the Maple
Leafs. The wound on his leg, however, wasn't healing very well. On Jan. 9,
after returning to Toronto from a road game at Tampa, Brown began
experiencing severe chills and became so ill that he seemed to be
delusional. He asked Toronto trainers if he could go home, but trainers
Chris Broadhurst and Brent Smith spotted something wrong with the scar on
his leg. Its inflammation appeared to be spreading to other parts of the
body. Broadhurst and Smith insisted that Brown see a doctor, but by the time
he got there, he was already in shock. Unsure what was wrong, the trainers
then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors performed emergency surgery.
They found a potentially deadly virus related to the flesh-eating bacteria, had entered the infected area of
Brown's leg. The surgery saved Brown's life, and he returned to
action for Toronto's Feb. 4, 1998, game vs. St. Louis.
Sudbury (OHL); Fredericton (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
OHL Kaminsky Trophy (Outstanding
Defenseman): 1985-86 (Sudbury) (co-winner with Terry Carkner)
OHL All-Star First Team: 1985-86 (Sudbury)
Miscellaneous: Suffered injury in
Canada's training camp before 1984 World Junior Championships and could not
play in 1985 tournament. ... Invited to try out for Canada's World Junior
Championship teams in summer of 1985, but did not make final tournament
roster. ... Also played right wing at times during his junior career. ...
Invited to Team Canada training camp for 1991 Canada Cup, but did not make
final tournament roster. ... Worked at Huron Hockey school in Ottawa during
off-seasons of his NHL playing days and for many years after his retirement. ... Was active in charitable causes
during his playing days, including work with the Head First Foundation that
encouraged youngsters to stay in school, and Vancouver Police Union
Charitable Foundation's Child Abuse Prevention Campaign.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Quebec traded Brown to St. Louis in exchange for Tony Hrkac and Greg Millen
on December 13, 1989.||
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