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J. T. Brown (ice hockey)

Joshua Thomas Brown (born July 2, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Brown was born in Burnsville, Minnesota[1][2][3] and was raised in nearby Rosemount, Minnesota.

J. T. Brown
J.T. Brown at Minnesota Wild open practice at Tria Rink in St Paul, MN.jpg
Brown in 2019
Born (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 29)
Burnsville, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9.75 in (177 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Anaheim Ducks
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

CollegiateEdit

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.

ProfessionalEdit

Tampa Bay LightningEdit

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. 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 eight 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]

Anaheim DucksEdit

In his sixth season with the Lightning in the 2017–18 season, Brown was used in a reduced role. On January 13, 2018, Brown was placed on waivers by the Lightning after appearing in 24 games, and was then claimed by the Anaheim Ducks on January 14.[20] Brown played out the season with the Ducks, contributing with 1 goal and 3 points in 23 games in a fourth-line role.

Minnesota WildEdit

As a free agent from the Ducks in the off-season, Brown opted to return to his homestate, securing a two-year $1.375 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2018.[21]

International playEdit

Brown played with the U.S. national team at the 2012 IIHF World Championship. He scored his first goal against Kazakhstan on May 11, 2012.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[22] 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."[23]

On February 6, 2015, Brown married Lexi LaFleur.[24] The couple have two children.[25]

On September 28, 2017, before a preseason season game versus the Florida Panthers, Brown raised his fist during the U.S. national anthem, in an attempt to "bring awareness to police brutality and inequality for minorities."[26] He did the same on an October 7 game also against the Panthers, becoming the first NHL player to protest during the anthem in a regular season game.[26][27] He stated that he had "received death threats" after the protest.[27] In the week following, he and a few teammates met with members of the Tampa Police Department after receiving an invitation from the interim police chief.[28] On October 18, Brown announced that he would no longer raise a fist during the anthem, but would continue to work to bring awareness around issues of police brutality and other racial inequalities and injustices. He also plans on continuing to work with the police department.[29][30]

In July 2018, Brown founded a charity marathon Fortnite event to raise funds for Hockey Is For Everyone.[31]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 1 3 4 12
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 23 1 2 3 12 4 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Minnesota Wild NHL 56 3 5 8 29
2018–19 Iowa Wild AHL 6 3 3 6 4
NHL totals 365 23 49 72 221 41 1 5 6 2

InternationalEdit

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 honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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