Mike Brown (forward)
Brown with the Maple Leafs in 2012
June 24, 1985 |
Northbrook, IL, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|San Jose Sharks
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||159th overall, 2004
Before attending the University of Michigan for two years, Brown was a member of the US National Development Team Program, competing in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). After a 13-point freshman year with Michigan in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), he was drafted in the 5th round, 159th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Brown became one of two Mike Browns to have been part of the Canucks organization and was often mistaken for the latter, a forward who left the Canucks in 2002. Following his sophomore season, he was signed to a pro contract with the Canucks and chose to forego his last two years of college hockey. In his pro rookie season in 2005–06 with the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, he recorded 15 points in 73 games.
In 2007–08, he received his first NHL call-up, playing 19 games for the Canucks. Brown scored his first NHL goal on December 2, 2007, against the Minnesota Wild in just his third game with the Canucks, deflecting a point shot from defenceman Lukas Krajicek in a 2–1 loss. He was sent back down to the Moose on February 7, 2008.
On May 1, 2009, Brown was ejected from Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals after a questionable hit on then Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler, who was left dazed and bloodied on the ice. Brown did return to the series, which the Red Wings ultimately won in seven games.
In the 2009–10 season, Brown played in a career-high 75 games, posting six goals and recording 106 penalty minutes. On June 26, 2010, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Leafs' fifth round pick, number 122 overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
On February 2, 2011, Brown signed a three-year contract extension with the Leafs.
During the shortened 2012–13 season, on March 4, 2013, he was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Edmonton Oilers, for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL draft. He scored his first goal as an Oiler on March 10, 2013, against the Chicago Blackhawks. Brown's first period goal broke a two-game goalless drought for the Oilers.
He was raised in Northbrook, Illinois. He attended Glenbrook North High School. His parents, Barry and Audrey Brown, own several Harley Davidson dealerships in Chicago. Through the family business, Brown got to know several players from the Chicago Blackhawks growing up. When he was called up for his first game by the Canucks, Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick called to wish him good luck.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||University of Michigan||CCHA||42||8||5||13||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Michigan||CCHA||35||3||5||8||95||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||3||5||8||69||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||2||2||4||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||12||0||1||1||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior International totals||13||1||1||2||14|
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