J. T. Brown (ice hockey)

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J. T. Brown
J. T. Brown - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Brown with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
Born (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 26)
Burnsville, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Joshua Thomas "J. T." Brown (born July 2, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Brown was born in Burnsville, Minnesota[1][2][3] and was raised in nearby Rosemount, Minnesota.

Playing career[edit]

Collegiate[edit]

Brown attended the University of Minnesota Duluth after playing junior hockey in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Waterloo Black Hawks. In 2011, he was named the Most Outstanding Player award at the 2011 Frozen Four national championship with the Bulldogs ice hockey team, winning the National Championship.

Professional[edit]

Undrafted in the NHL, Brown signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 28, 2012. Upon signing with Tampa Bay, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman said, "I'm anxious to see him play."[4] On March 31, 2012, Brown made his NHL debut in Tampa Bay's 3–2 overtime victory against the Winnipeg Jets.[5] On April 7, he recorded his first career NHL assist in a 4–3 overtime win, also coming against the Winnipeg Jets.[6]

Brown with the Syracuse Crunch in 2012

On September 9, 2012, the Tampa Bay Lightning assigned Brown, as well as 17 other players, to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL), their top minor league affiliate.[7] This was done in part due to the ongoing 2012–13 NHL lockout that cancelled the first half of the 2012–13 season until late January.[8] On December 28, 2012, Brown sustained a shoulder injury in a 4–2 Crunch victory over the Norfolk Admirals. Prior to the injury, Brown had six goals, 17 points and four penalty minutes in 26 games for Syracuse.[9] It was revealed later in the day that Brown had suffered a broken collarbone, which required surgery to repair it. Although expected to compete for a roster spot with the Lightning once NHL play resumed, the injury was expected to sideline him for six-to-eight weeks.[10]

On July 7, 2013, Tampa Bay announced that they had re-signed Brown to a one-year, two-way contract. At the end of the season, Brown had skated in 51 games with the Crunch, recording 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. Additionally, he played in 18 Calder Cup playoff games with Syracuse, registering four goals and nine points to go along with 18 penalty minutes.[11]

On September 29, 2013, Brown was reassigned to the Crunch by the Lightning as part of roster cuts for the upcoming 2013–14 season.[12] On November 11, 2013, however, Tampa Bay recalled Brown from Syracuse. Prior to being recalled, Brown was on a two-game point streak, with a goal and an assist.[13] It was during this time that he received the nickname "Brownov" as the third player on a successful forward line with fellow Russians Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov.[14]

Brown with the Tampa Bay Lightning in March 2014

On November 16, 2013, Brown scored his first career NHL goal in a 6–3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.[15]

On June 6, 2014, the Lightning announced the re-signing of forward Brown to a two-year, one-way contract. He appeared in 63 games with the Lightning during the 2014–15 season, posting four goals and 19 points while averaging 13:02 in ice time per game. Brown also played in all four Stanley Cup playoff games in 2014, notching two assists in Tampa Bay's four-game series defeat at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals. During the post-season, Brown was averaging 14:59 minutes in ice time.[16]

On May 3, 2015, Brown scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal in a 6–2 Lightning win over the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals.[17]

On June 24, 2016, the Lightning announced the re-signing of Brown to two-year contract extension. Brown played in 78 regular season games during the past season, recording eigh goals and 22 points. Brown was tied for third on the team with a plus-16 rating. Brown set career bests in games played, goals, points, plus/minus and penalty minutes last season. He also appeared in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording two assists and two penalty minutes. Brown has skated in 198 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over four seasons, registering 15 goals and 51 points. He also has skated in 37 playoff games, recording a goal and six points.[18]

On October 15, 2016, Brown skated in his 200th career NHL game, which came during a 3-2 Lightning win over the visiting New Jersey Devils.[19]

International[edit]

Brown played with the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. He scored his first goal against Kazakhstan on May 11, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Brown is the son of former National Football League (NFL) running back Ted Brown, who played eight NFL seasons (1979–1986) for the Minnesota Vikings.[20] In an interview, Brown gave credit to his father for having played a vital role in being able to push his game to new heights. Speaking about his father, "he has always been someone to lean on. He and the rest of my family always have always really supported me. I can't thank them enough."[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 36 14 22 36 28 3 1 0 1 4
2009–10 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 60 34 43 77 64 3 1 0 1 0
2010–11 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 42 16 21 37 50
2011–12 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 39 24 23 47 59
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 51 10 18 28 27 18 4 5 9 18
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 13 4 6 10 24
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 63 4 15 19 6 4 0 2 2 0
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 3 6 9 30 24 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 78 8 14 22 59 9 0 2 2 2
2016–17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 64 3 3 6 73
NHL totals 262 18 39 57 168 37 1 5 6 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States WC 7th 6 1 1 2 0
Senior totals 6 1 1 2 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
WCHA All-Rookie Team 2010–11 [22]
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2011 [23]
All-WCHA First Team 2011–12 [24]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2011–12

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://lightning.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8476806
  2. ^ http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?8764
  3. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=116461
  4. ^ "Lightning sign top college free agent JT Brown". tbo.com. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  5. ^ Associated, Press (March 31, 2012). "Steven Stamkos scores NHL-best 56th goal in OT, lifts Lightning". ESPN NHL. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Associated, Press (April 7, 2012). "Steven Stamkos reaches 60 goals as Lightning win season finale". ESPN NHL. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (September 9, 2012). "Lightning Assign 18 Players to Syracuse of the AHL". Press Release. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Associated, Press (January 6, 2013). "NHL Lockout Timeline: From The Start Of Bargaining To Tentative Agreement Being Reached". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Cristodero, Damian (December 29, 2012). "Tampa Bay Lightning's J.T. Brown needs surgery to repair fractured collarbone (updated)". Tampa Bay times. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Cristodero, Damian (December 29, 2012). "TLightning's J.T. Brown breaks collarbone in AHL game, will miss 6-8 weeks". Tampa Bay times. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Tampa Bay, Lighting (July 7, 2013). "Lightning Re-sign Forward J.T. Brown". Press Release. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ Syracuse, Crunch (October 1, 2013). "Weekly Release — OCT. 1, 2013 — Vol. 20, No. 1". Syracuse Crunch. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (November 11, 2013). "Lightning Recall Forward J.T. Brown, Defenseman Dmitry Korobov". Press Release. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ Erlendsson, Erik. "Bolts Notes: Hedman using size, strength to become an offensive force," The Tampa Tribune, Sunday, October 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Cristodero, Damian (November 17, 2013). "Rookie Brown seizing opportunity". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (June 26, 2014). "Lightning Re-Sign Forward J.T. Brown". Press Release. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ Burns, Bryan (May 3, 2015). "Lightning power play sparks 6-2 victory in Game 2". Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (June 24, 2016). "Lightning Re-Sign Forward J.T. Brown to Two-Year Contract". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  19. ^ Smithy, Joe (October 15, 2016). "Lightning goalie Vasilevskiy big when needed in first start". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  20. ^ Charley Walters (2012-02-28). "Joe Webb rates higher than Christian Ponder". TwinCities.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  21. ^ Walsh, Clune (June 6, 2012). "The NHL's Viking Son". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ Hockey Awards & Achievements - NCAA (WCHA) All-Rookie Team
  23. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  24. ^ "Patterson, Bjugstad named to all-WCHA first team". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ben Smith
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
2011
Succeeded by
Parker Milner