Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rob Brown
Right-winger Rob Brown possessed a natural scoring touch that victimized many NHL goalies over eleven seasons. His anticipation and quick release allowed him to score almost at will in junior and in the minors and resulted in three 20-goal seasons at the big league level.

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Brown headed to Western Canada as a teenager and averaged four points a game for the St. Albert Royals of the AAHA. He then tore up the WHL with the Kamloops Oilers/Blazers. After leading the league with 173 points in the regular season and 46 points in 16 playoff games in 1985-86, Brown was chosen 67th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Entry Draft. He was returned to junior and proceeded to win his second straight scoring title with an astonishing 212 points. Brown was named the Canadian Major Junior player of the year and placed on the WHL West first all-star team for the second straight season.

The tricky forward scored 24 goals as a rookie in 1987-88 and then exploded for 115 points the next year as the full time sidekick of Mario Lemieux. He also scored eight points in the post-season as the Pens came within a game of reaching the semifinals after missing the playoffs six straight years.

Brown scored 33 times in 1989-90, but Pittsburgh missed the playoffs. When he started slowly the next season, Brown was traded to the Hartford Whalers for Scott Young. He averaged nearly a point per game for his new club but was not as effective in the absence of the "Magnificent One." Halfway through the 1991-92 season, Brown was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks, a solid defensive team in need of a pure goal scorer. The veteran sniper came up with a few goals and helped the Hawks reach the Stanley Cup final against his ex-mates in Pittsburgh.

During the early and mid-'90s, Brown spent five years toiling in the minors. He played a handful of games for the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings but was best known for terrorizing opposing netminders in the IHL. Brown led the league in scoring three times and was the winner of the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the MVP of the "I" after scoring 155 points in 1993-94.

Brown returned to the Penguins as a useful role player for three years beginning in 1997-98. He scored 17 power-play goals over that span and helped the club reach the second round of the playoffs in 1999 and 2000. He spent the 2000-01 season back in the IHL where he averaged nearly a point per game for the Chicago Wolves.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 St. Albert Sabres AMHL 61 137 122 259 200
1983-84 St. Albert Saints AJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Kamloops Jr. Oilers WHL 50 16 42 58 80 15 1 2 3 17
1983-84 Kamloops Jr. Oilers M-Cup 4 1 3 4 2
1984-85 Kamloops Blazers WHL 60 29 50 79 95 15 8 8 26 28
1985-86 Kamloops Blazers WHL 69 58 115 173 171 16 18 28 46 14
1985-86 Kamloops Blazers M-Cup 5 5 6 11 20
1986-87 Kamloops Blazers WHL 63 76 136 212 101 5 6 5 11 6
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 51 24 20 44 56 +8
1987-88 Canada WJC-A 7 6 2 8 2
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 49 66 115 118 +27 11 5 3 8 22
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 33 47 80 102 -10
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 6 10 16 31 0
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 18 24 42 101 -7 5 1 0 1 7
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 42 16 15 31 39 -14
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 25 5 11 16 34 -1 8 2 4 6 4
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 1 6 7 33 +6
1992-93 Indianapolis Ice IHL 19 14 19 33 32 2 0 1 1 2
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 79 42 113 155 188 5 1 3 4 6
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 69 34 73 107 135 9 4 12 16 0
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1995-96 Chicago Wolves IHL 79 52 91 143 100 9 4 11 15 6
1996-97 Chicago Wolves IHL 76 37 80 117 98 4 2 4 6 16
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 15 25 40 59 -1 6 1 0 1 4
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 13 11 24 16 -15 13 2 5 7 8
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 10 13 23 10 -13 11 1 2 3 0
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 75 24 53 77 99 -10 16 4 13 17 26
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 80 29 54 83 103 -11 25 7 26 33 34
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 59 15 48 63 83 -6 9 1 6 7 6
NHL Totals 543 190 248 438 599 54 12 14 26 45


WHL West First All-Star Team (1986, 1987)
WHL - West Player of the Year (1986, 1987)
Canadian Major Junior - Player of the Year (1987)
IHL First All-Star Team (1994, 1996, 1997)
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (IHL - Leading Scorer) (1994, 1996, 1997)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (IHL - MVP) (1994)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1995) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1989)
Traded to Hartford by Pittsburgh for Scott Young, December 21, 1990. Traded to Chicago by Hartford for Steve Konroyd, January 24, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 12, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, June 14, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, October 1, 1997.