May 27, 2015

Cam Brown

Cam Brown played 3 seasons with the WHL Brandon Wheat Kings, serving principally as the team's tough guy. He however also turned in a 34 goal, 75 point season in his final year of junior. He also was the team's captain.

Despite his strong season Cam Brow was never drafted. Brown did sign as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks organization on April 6, 1990. He would play the role of minor league tough guy for 4 seasons with several minor league teams in his pro hockey career, finally getting called up for one National Hockey League game.

That game on March 3, 1991 in Chicago where the Canucks were facing off against the Blackhawks. The Canucks were absolutely pasted that night, losing 8-0 to the mighty Hawks. Brown didn't see much ice time until the third period. He responded by doing what he did best - mixing it up. Wearing number 48, Brown picked up a high-sticking penalty at 2:59. Later that period, at 15:01, he dropped the gloves with Chicago tough guy Mike Peluso in a unmemorable fisticuff.

Brown was returned to the minors the next day. There's always a need for tough guys on any team's roster, but Brown was caught in the numbers game on Canada's west coast in those early 1990s. The Canucks emerged as a top NHL team and stockpiled themselves with some of the NHL's toughest grapplers - most notably Gino Odjick and Shawn Antoski.

Brown returned to the minor leagues, never to resurface. Instead he continued to chase the great Canadian hockey dream in places like Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Gwinnett, Georgia.

Brown was a very popular player in such cities. So popular he was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2010. After all he retired as the ECHL all-time leader with 789 regular season games and 2,425 penalty minutes. He playedIn 13 seasons he scored 206 goals and 499 points.

Brown would later coach in the ECHL for many seasons, too.

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