When you look into the record books for the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman 2 names usually jump out at you. One is Doug Wilson and the other is Bob Murray both for their longevity with the Blackhawks. A step below them in a lot of defenseman records is Keith Brown.
Brown played for 14 years with the Blackhawks starting in 1979 and stayed with the Hawks until getting traded to the expansion Florida Panthers in 1993. Brown’s career is almost a bridge from real old school to the modern age of hockey. One of the first games of his career he played against Gordie Howe then of the Hartford Whalers, and he played along side Stan Mikita in his final seasons. Brown played on all the very good 1980′s Blackhawks teams with Wilson, Murray, Denis Savard and Steve Larmer, and he ended it with Jeremy Roenick.
Yet, even though his career started in the 70′s, Brown was still on the Blackhawks team that was led by Dirk Graham, Jeremy Roenick, and Chris Chelios that went to the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals. Brown was a 1st round pick by the Blackhawks in 1979 and he never spent a day playing minor league hockey.
Brown played in 876 career games in the NHL with the first 812 with the Blackhawks. Brown scored 68 career goals with 274 assists with a career +64. Since Brown played during one of the better stretches of Blackhawks hockey in the 80′s and early 90′s, he played in 103 career playoff games scoring 4 goals and 32 assists with a +10.
The only part of Brown’s career that could be considered negative besides games lost to injury was he never was able to hoist a Stanley Cup.
What is your favorite memory of Keith Brown? Here is one youtube video of a Keith Brown fight versus Mark Hunter of the St. Louis Blues.
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