The Chicago Blackhawks have had a lot of very good defenseman during franchise history, and today we look back at one that had a very long career with the Hawks.
Keith Brown was selected 7th overall in the 1979 NHL entry draft, and the player selected right after him was Hall of Famer Raymond Bourque by the Boston Bruins. Brown had a very long and solid NHL career, but if you are looking for what if’s, there is a big one.
Brown played in over 800 games with the Hawks over 16 seasons, and one of his biggest issues was playing an entire season without getting injured. Brown only played 80 games once in his entire career.
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Brown was a very solid 2 way defenseman who was very responsible on his end of the ice, and yet although he wasn’t a huge scorer had a very good shot and was able to get the puck into the back of the net. Brown scored double digits twice in his career and tallied 64 total goals in his career. So he didn’t have the scoring touch of Doug Wilson yet teams still had to take notice of him on the ice on both ends.
Brown was part of the 1992 team that went to the Stanley Cup Final, he did play in over 100 playoff games, but he never was able to hoist the Stanley Cup during his very long career.
In another era of hockey Brown may have been thought of a lot better by Blackhawks faithful, but in the end he’s a Blackhawks that played for 16 seasons and should be remembered as a real quality defenseman for a long time.
The season kicks off in 34 days when the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Chicago to face-off against the Blackhawks at the United Center.