ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Newell Brown assistant coach.
Brown rejoins the Mighty Ducks organization after spending four seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets as an associate coach. The Cornwall, Ontario native served as an assistant coach for the Mighty Ducks in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.
“Newell Brown brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the club we are happy to have him back,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “His familiarity with the organization will be a valuable asset for us moving forward.”
A native of Cornwall, Ontario Brown has over 17 years of coaching experience at the NCAA, American Hockey League and NHL levels. Prior to his original stint with Anaheim, Brown was an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks for two seasons, 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Before joining the NHL ranks, Brown spent four seasons in the Detroit Red Wings organization as head coach of the Adirondack Red Wings, Detroit’s AHL affiliate. He posted a 151-134-35 record in 320 games from 1992-93 to 1995-96 and led the team to an appearance in the Calder Cup Playoffs each season.
Brown also served as head coach of Michigan Tech University from 1990-92 and was an assistant at his alma mater, Michigan State University, from 1986-90. He helped the Spartans win back-to-back regular season and tournament titles in 1988-89 and 1989-90. The team also advanced to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, finishing second in 1987 and third in 1989.
As a player, Brown spent two seasons with the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League in 1978-79 and 1979-80 and helped the Royals win the Memorial Cup in 1979. From 1980-84, Brown played at Michigan State, where he served as team captain in his final three seasons. In 146 career games with Michigan State, he recorded 66-120=186 points, including 22-51=73 points in 42 games in 1981-82 when he earned First Team All-CCHA honors.
Vancouver’s sixth pick, 158th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Brown spent one year in the Canuck’s organization playing with Fredricton (AHL) and Muskegon (IHL) in 1984-85, before serving as captain of the Canadian National Team in 1985-86.