Edmonton Oilers scout Bob Brown has been named to the list of 2009 inductees for the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame. Brown is one of five inductees who will be inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, July 25, 2009 in Penticton, B.C.
Now in his seventh season as a member of the Oilers scouting staff, Brown is entering the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame for his longtime role as General Manager of the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers. From 1986 to 1995, Brown guided the Blazers to prominence in junior hockey. His Kamloops teams made five appearances in the Memorial Cup tournament, winning three Canadian Hockey League championships in a span of four seasons from 1991-92 to 1994-95. The Blazers won their first Memorial Cup title under Brown’s leadership in 1991-92 and then won back to back national titles in 1993-94 and 1994-95.
Brown helped develop some outstanding players and coaches during his tenure with the Blazers. His Kamloops coaches included Ken Hitchcock, Don Hay and Tom Renney, while a few of his notable players were Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi and Scott Niedermayer.
Besides his role with Kamloops, Brown has also worked with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans and Vancouver Giants.
Joining Brown as members of the 2009 induction class of the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame are former players Dave Babych and Bob Rouse along with Father David Bauer, who was the founder of Canada’s National Team and coached Team Canada at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics, and longtime media member Grant Kerr.
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