|Position: Center / Left Wing
Born: February 12, 1976
Birthplace: Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height: 6'0" Weight: 196 lbs.
Drafted by Buffalo, 2nd Round, 43rd Overall, 1994
NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1994-95 to Present
Uniform Number: 37
|Sabre Totals *|
|* Stats do not include 2001-02 Season|
| A native of Unity, Saskatchewan, Curtis Brown played his junior
hockey with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.
Brown quickly became a star with Moose Jaw. In 1993-94, his
second season in the WHL, Brown scored 27 goals and 38 assists.
That spring, Brown was selected in the NHL Entry Draft. He was
selected in the second round, 43rd overall, by the Buffalo Sabres.
The following year, he nearly doubled his 1993-94 numbers, scoring
51 goals and 58 assists, and leading his team in scoring. Brown was
named WHL First Team All-Star for the 1994-95 season. Brown was
called up from his junior team in the spring of 1995, and made his
NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres in their regular season finale,
May 3, 1995. Brown scored a goal and an assist in the 5-4 Buffalo
win over the New Jersey Devils.
Returned to the WHL for the 1995-96 season, Brown was named
Captain of his team in Moose Jaw. He scored 20 goals in 25 games as
a Warrior before being traded mid-season to the Prince-Albert Raiders.
Brown finished out the season with Prince-Albert, adding 12 more
goals to his totals. Brown was called up for a four game stint with the Sabres at the end of the 1995-96 season. With the Sabres out of the 1996 Playoffs, Brown was re-assigned to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, the Sabres' top minor league affiliate, for the playoffs. Brown played in 12 playoff contests for Rochester, en route to the 1996 Calder Cup Championship.
|After a good training camp, Brown was on the Sabres' opening night roster for the 1996-97 season. Brown played in the team's first 28 games, scoring 4 goals and 3 assists. All 7 of his points came on the road. In December, 1996, Brown was re-assigned to Rochester, where he spent the remainder of the 1996-97 season. Brown played in 51 games as an Amerk, scoring 22 goals and 21 assists. In the playoffs, Brown scored at a point-a-game clip with 4 goals and 6 assists in 10 games played.
Brown was back in Buffalo at the start of the 1997-98 season. This time, he would finally be a regular for the Sabres, playing in 63 games throughout the course of the regular season. In those 63 games, Brown scored 12 goals and 12 assists. Brown's real value to the team came in his defensive play. Brown was plus or even in plus/minus rating for 43 consecutive games from December 12, 1997 to April 13, 1998. He was a +11 for the season. He also recorded the first multi-goal game and first short goal of his career that year. Brown also played in 13 playoff games for the Sabres that year, scoring his first career playoff goal as the Sabres advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
|Brown set his career-to-date-high for games played during the 1998-99 season, appearing in 73 games for the Sabres. He scored a then career-high 16 goals and 31 assists, and tied for the league lead with 3 game-tying goals. In the playoffs, Brown socred 7 goals, tying Dixon Ward and Stu Barnes for the team lead as the Sabres advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1975. He set a team record for fastest goal from the start of a playoff game by scoring 37 seconds into Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. Later in that same game, Brown scored what would prove to be the series-winning goal. The goal was his third game-winner of the playoffs, tying a team record held by Rene Robert and Michal Grosek for the most game-winning goals in a single playoff year. At the end of the 1998-99 season, Brown was selected as the Sabres' nominee for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverence and dedication to hockey.
In the 1999-2000 season, Brown set a new career-high for goals,
scoring 22 times. He was selected as the NHL's mid-season Best
Defensive Forward by both the Hockey News and Sports Illustrated.
On New Year's Day, 2000, Brown set a career-high with 4 assists in
a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. At season's end, Brown
won the Punch Imlach Memorial Award, given for superior
dedication and leadership.
|Brown's 2000-01 season was marred by injuries which caused him to miss 12 games and hampered his play throughout the first half of the season. In 70 games played, Brown scored only 10 times, and added 22 assists. He spent much of the season getting comfortable with his role as the team's top defensive forward in the absence of Michael Peca, who missed the entire season due to a contract dispute. His defensive play remained solid despite his lack of offensive production. Brown finished the season with a +15 rating, the highest on the team. In the playoffs, Brown was amongst the Sabres' best players, scoring 5 goals, including a league-leading 2 shorthanded goals. His overtime game-winner in Game Four of the opening round series gave the team an emotional lift which propelled them into the second round of the playoffs.|
|Curtis Brown is still the team's best defensive forward and one of it's best face-off men going in to the 2001-02 season.|
|1999-2000: Punch Imlach Memorial Trophy (Dedication and Leadership)|
|Most game-winning goals in single playoff year: 3 (1999) - Tied with Rene Robert (1975), Michal Grosek
Fastest goal from start of playoff game: 0:37 (May 16, 1999 - Round Two, Game Five vs. Boston)