You were born in North Carolina, but spent most of your youth in Minnesota. Was hockey always your go-to sport?
I was born in High Point, North Carolina. My ID said Burnsville from when I went to juniors, but technically, I lived in - and grew up in - Apple Valley and went to Rosemount High School. I just lived in Burnsville for my senior year of high school. I played football and baseball, too, but hockey was my passion. When I went to high school, I ended up not playing football anymore. Just focused on hockey.
What was it like pursuing hockey when your dad [former NFL running back Ted Brown] played professionally in a different sport?
It was cool in a way. Let's say if I went into football, then I have my dad's footsteps. That's what I'd have to live up to, whereas with hockey I'm playing a completely different sport. Same with growing up. My dad, coming from North Carolina, didn't know the most about hockey, but he could teach me about the intangible things where it didn't matter whether you were playing baseball, basketball, football. It's about hard work and making sure you're ready to go. I think it was good for me that I wasn't playing the exact same sport, but still able to lean on him for the information you need.