|Brown playing for Michigan on Dec. 11, 2010 |
Wednesday, Brown was named to Team USA’s roster for the 2011 World Junior Championships that will take place in Buffalo, N.Y., from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.
It is another step in an impressive young hockey career for Brown, who was inspired to play hockey by watching the Stars at a young age in his native Dallas. He began playing hockey in 1996 in the Dr Pepper StarCenter Mini-Mite program. Brown continued to play within the system, moving on to the Dallas Stars Selects at Squirt, the Dallas Storm at Peewee, and the Alliance Bulldogs at Bantam. He then moved to Michigan when he was 15 to play Midget Minor hockey.
Said his father, Chris Brown Sr., “The Dallas Stars have built some great hockey facilities and programs for kids to learn and excel in the sport. Chris feels very fortunate to have been able to develop in the programs and has learned the skills from some great coaches such as Jouni Lehtola, Greg Vanover and Ben Clark.”
Brown spent the 2008-09 season with the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, that competed in the North American Hockey League and against Division I and Division III college opponents and international teams. He scored 20 goals and 18 assists in 62 games for the U18 team. Brown went on to score four goals and three assists at the World U18 Championships for USA. The United States, as the host country in Fargo, ND, won their third gold medal in five years, defeating Russia 5–0 in the final.
Another dream was fulfilled when Brown was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round (36th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Chris had several choices on where to go to college and chose Michigan. He became the first-ever U of M recruit from the state of Texas. Now in his sophomore year, he has scored a career total of 15 goals and 23 assists in 64 games thus far for the Wolverines. Brown led Michigan rookies last season with 13 goals and 15 assists and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
Brown will join Stars prospect goalie Jack Campbell
on the 2011 Team USA squad.
Campbell is no stranger to USA Hockey. Dallas’ number one pick in 2010 (11th overall), he was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team that captured its second consecutive gold medal at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s U18 Championship in Minsk and Bobruisk, Belarus. Campbell earned the directorate award as the tournament’s best goaltender, to go along with media all-star honors. He also participated in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in four games against teams from Finland, Sweden and the U.S.
“I’m just so proud to be able to represent my country again,” said Campbell. “It is always an honor. I’m very excited.”
The Dallas Stars and the Dr Pepper StarCenters would like to congratulate Chris Brown, Jack Campbell
, and their familes. Thanks and good luck in the World Junior Championships in Buffalo!RELATED LINKS:Chris Brown BioJack Campbell BioRoster story