Greg Brown (ice hockey)
Gregory Curtis Brown (born March 7, 1968) is an American assistant coach for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a retired professional ice hockey player, most notably for the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He previously coached at his alma mater Boston College as an Associate Head Coach alongside legendary Jerry York.
|Occupation||Ice hockey coach, player|
|General manager||Jeff Gorton|
|Team||New York Rangers|
|Years as NHL player||1990–1996|
|Years as an NHL coach||2018–|
|Years with current team||2018–present|
Greg Brown was drafted in the second round, 26th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Brown played his prep hockey career at St. Mark's School in Massachusetts before moving on to Boston College, where he played from 1986–1990 and amassed 120 points in 119 games. Brown skipped his sophomore season at B.C. to play for the American national men's hockey team and in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, where he totaled four points in six games for the seventh place US team. Following his junior and senior seasons at B.C., Brown was named Hockey East player of the year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top NCAA men's ice hockey player. He was also named 1990 Athlete of the Year by USA Hockey.
Brown moved into the professional ranks for the 1990/91 season, splitting time between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans and scoring 26 points in 80 combined games. The 39 games played in Buffalo that season represented a career high, as he would play in only 55 more NHL games over the next three seasons. Most of Brown's time with the Sabres organization was spent in Rochester, where he was part of the team's 1991 and 1993 Calder Cup finalists. Brown left the Americans during the 1992 season to again represent USA Hockey at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Brown appeared in seven games for the US team, which finished a surprising fourth after losing to Czechoslovakia in the Bronze Medal game.
Following the 1992–93 season, Brown was released by the Sabres and signed with the San Diego Gulls of the IHL and later with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brown scored a career-high 11 points in 36 games for the Penguins during the 1993/94 season. Brown was traded to the Winnipeg Jets during the following season, where he appeared in his final nine NHL contests.
With the exception of two brief stints with USA Hockey, Brown spent the final six seasons of his pro career in Europe, retiring after the 2002/03 season. His stops in Europe included games with Rogle Angelholm and Leksands IF in the Swedish Elite League, Feldkirch VEU of the Austrian National League, the Kloten Flyers of Nationalliga A in Switzerland, and EV Landshut and the Kölner Haie of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Following his playing career, Brown returned to Boston College, where he was named as an Assistant Coach on the Men's Hockey team for the 2004/05 season. On July 17, 2018, the New York Rangers announced that Brown would be joining David Quinn as an assistant coach for the team, along with David Oliver.
|1993–94||San Diego Gulls||IHL||42||8||25||33||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing United States|
|1988 Calgary||7th place|
|1992 Albertville||4th place|
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He coached his nephew Patrick while he attended Boston College from 2010–2014, including Patrick's senior season when he was captain of the Eagles. He is currently coaching his nephew (and Patrick's brother) Chris, who is a freshman at BC.
Brown has two children, Ashley and Peyton.
- "Hockey East All-Rookie Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Greg Brown @ Boston College Hockey Site
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Player of the Year