Born: March 7, 1968
Birthplace: Southboro, MA, USA
Height: 6'0" Weight: 185 lbs.
Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres, 2nd Round, 26th
Overall, 1986 NHL Entry Draft.
Seasons with Buffalo: 1990-91, 1992-93
Uniform Numbers: 15, 9
| Greg Brown was born and raised in the well-to-do Boston suburb of Southboro,
Massachussets. As a youngster, Brown watched his older brother Doug (who
would go on to play in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins
and Detroit Red Wings) play hockey. When he was old enough to skate, Brown
joined his older brother on the ice. He would follow in his brother's footsteps,
playing his high school hockey at St. Mark's Prep School. As a senior at St. Mark's,
Brown entered the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and was selected in the 2nd Round, 26th
overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
Brown, like brother Doug, decided that his education should come before his dreams of
playing in the NHL. Following his graduation from St. Mark's, he enrolled at Boston
College, where Doug had played his college hockey. The younger Brown brother quickly
became a star at B.C. in his own right, scoring 37 points in 37 games his rookie year of
A member of Team USA at the World Junior Championships in both 1986 and 1987, Brown was chosen to play for the United States at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Brown would take a year off from college to join the Olympic team.
Brown returned to Boston College following his Olympic experience. At the end of the 1988-89 season, Brown was named Hockey East Player of the Year, and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in US College hockey. He was also named a First Team All-American. The following season, Brown was named team Captain. Brown lead the Eagles to the 1990 Hockey East Championship and a birth in the Final Four. At season's end, he was once again named First Team All-American and Hockey East Player of the Year, and was the runner-up in voting for the Hobey Baker Award. He was also named 1990 Athlete of the Year by USA Hockey.
|In 1990 after 3 years at Boston College, Brown left to join the Sabres
organization. Brown would split the 1990-91 season between Buffalo and the
Rochester Americans, the Sabres top minor league affiliate. In 39 games as a
Sabre, Brown produced only one goal and two assists. Defensively, Brown
was something of a disappointment his rookie year as well. His -20 rating
was the lowest on the team.
Brown's second year as a pro was spent in Rochester. Mid-season, Brown
left the team to join Team USA for the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
Returning to Rochester following the Olympic Games, Brown finished the
season there scoring 8 goals and 30 assists.
Brown played 10 games as a Sabre during the 1992-93 season, but spent the
bulk of the year in Rochester. Though he had developed into a solid player at
the minor-league level, he was unable to translate that success to the NHL.
Brown was a -5 in his stint with the Sabres, and scored just one point, an
At the end of the 1992-93 season, Brown was released by the Sabres. He
signed as a free agent with the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey
League. Brown would go on to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he
played alongside his brother Doug, a forwards for the Penguins. Brown
played 36 regular season games and 6 playoff games as a Penguin during the 1993-94 season.
Brown was sent down to the Penguin's IHL affiliate, the Cleveland Lumberjacks at the beginning of the 1994-95 season. Mid-way through the season, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets for future considerations. Brown's stint with Winnipeg, which lasted all of 9 games, would be his last in the NHL.
In 1995, Brown moved to Europe, to play in the Swedish Elite League. He has since gone on to play in Austria and Switzerland before landing in Germany, where he played four seasons, including three with the Cologne Sharks of the German Elite League. Most recently, Greg Brown spent the 2001-02 season with Leksands IF in the Swedish Elite League.