Defenceman Keith Brown was a steady two-way performer for 16 NHL seasons. He was equally proficient at looking after matters in his own zone and contributing on offence.
Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Brown headed across the country to play for the Fort Saskatchewan Traders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He then spent three years in the WCJHL with the Portland Winter Hawks and represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1979. After registering 96 points in the regular season and 30 assists in 30 playoff games in 1978-79, the young rearguard was chosen seventh overall by the Chicago Black Hawks.
Brown was a solid player in all phases of the game and a die-hard competitor. He reached double figures in goals twice and helped Chicago reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1992 and the semi-finals in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1989. His tenacious effort on the ice took its toll on Brown's body as he missed considerable time as a result of injuries in seven of his 14 years in the Windy City.
Late in his career Brown was shipped to the expansion Florida Panthers to add stability and defence to the young squad. He was a solid +11 in 51 games the first years the retired in 1995 after seeing action in only 13 contests.