Connor Brown (ice Hockey)
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Connor Brown Ice Hockey

Connor Brown
Connor Brown 2017-12-09.jpg
Brown with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017
Born (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 (age 26)
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 156th overall, 2012
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2014–Present

Connor Brown (born January 14, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Brown was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 156th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Brown played for the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2011 until 2014, then for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Toronto Marlies for the better part of two seasons before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs full-time in the 2016-17 season.

Playing career


Brown grew up playing youth hockey in the Toronto area. He played first for the West Mall Lightning mite select team, in the North York Hockey League, where his father was the head coach.[1] The Lightning team later morphed in the GTHL Toronto Marlboros team for players born in 1994. The core of the team won ten-straight city championships and included seven players who would go on to be selected at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Brown, Scott Laughton, Matt Finn, Adam Pelech, Scott Kosmachuk, Jake Paterson and Matia Marcantuoni.[2]

Brown was selected in the 13th round, 251st overall, by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Erie Otters in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.[3] He spent the 2010-11 season playing Junior "A" hockey for the St. Michael's Buzzers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).

Connor Brown played for the Erie Otters for his major junior career.

Brown joined the Otters for the 2011-12 season and led the team in points (53), goals (25) and assists (28), and was named to the OHL's All-Rookie Team.[4][5] However, he recorded a plus-minus of -72, a jarring statistic that was also the worst plus-minus of any player in the OHL (second-worst was teammate Kris Grant with -61).[6] The plus-minus was primarily a result of an Otters team that finished last in the OHL, resulting in the franchise drafting first overall in the OHL draft and selecting future NHL star Connor McDavid. Brown entered the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and was selected in the sixth round, 156th overall, by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. Brown's offensive talent lead the Maple Leafs to select him, but his small stature and historically bad plus-minus caused the pick to be called a "gamble".[4]

Brown returned to the Otters for the 2012-13 season, serving as the captain of the team.[7]

Brown spent the 2013-14 season on a line with Connor McDavid, scoring 45 goals and 83 assists for 128 points in 68 games. He went on to score 8 goals and 10 assists in 14 games during the playoffs to cap off what was the best season in the team's history.[8] Brown was awarded both the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the OHL's top scoring right winger, and the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the top scoring player in the OHL.[9] At the time of his departure, he held the Otters franchise record for most points in a single season; his record has since been passed by former line-mate Dylan Strome, who surpassed it by one point the following season.[10]


Connor Brown defends against Marcus Johansson during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On November 22, 2013, Brown signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs.[11] In his first year with the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, he won the AHL rookie scoring title, finishing the regular season with 21 goals and 40 assists.[12] Brown played for the Marlies until his call-up to the Maple Leafs in March 2016.

Brown almost made the Maple Leafs' NHL roster out of training camp for the 2015-16 season, but was assigned to the AHL to further his development.[13] However, he would be called up to the team late in the season as part of an initiative by the team to give AHL rookies some late season experience. Brown made his NHL debut on March 17, 2016, against the Florida Panthers, and scored his first NHL goal on March 24 against future teammate Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks.

Brown made the Maple Leafs full-time for the 2016-17 season. However, a deep presence of forward depth meant Brown was playing on the fourth line with Matt Martin, though he saw time on the penalty kill. After five games in a limited role, Maple Leafs veteran forward Milan Michalek was placed on waivers in order to make room and give Brown a larger role on the team. Former Maple Leaf Ben Smith rejoined the team via waivers in order to take Brown's former spot. Brown played the rest of the year mostly on a line with Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov, collecting 20 goals and compiling 36 points.

On August 26, 2017, as a restricted free agent, Brown signed a new three-year, $6.3 million contract with Toronto worth $2.1 million annually.[14]

On July 1, 2019, Brown was traded (along with Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Carcone) to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.[15]

Personal life

Brown became engaged to his long-time girlfriend in January 2020.[16]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009-10 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 80 25 44 69 16 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 49 17 22 39 18 3 0 1 1 0
2011-12 Erie Otters OHL 68 25 28 53 14 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Erie Otters OHL 63 28 41 69 39 -- -- -- -- --
2013-14 Erie Otters OHL 68 45 83 128 22 14 8 10 18 8
2014-15 Toronto Marlies AHL 76 21 40 61 10 5 1 3 4 2
2015-16 Toronto Marlies AHL 34 11 18 29 8 15 7 2 9 6
2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 1 5 6 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 20 16 36 10 6 0 1 1 0
2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 14 14 28 18 7 1 2 3 0
2018-19 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 8 21 29 16 7 0 1 1 2
2019-20 Ottawa Senators NHL 71 16 27 43 24 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 324 59 83 142 68 20 1 4 5 2

Awards and honours

Award Year
First All-Rookie Team 2011-12 [5]
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy - Top Scoring Right Winger 2013-14 [17]
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy - Top Scorer 2013-14
Red Tilson Trophy - Most Outstanding Player 2013-14 [18]
First All-Star Team 2013-14 [19]
All-Star Game 2014-15 [20]
All-Rookie Team 2014-15 [12]


  1. ^ Hansler, Clayton (July 6, 2012). "A Great Canadian Story: Matt Finn & Connor Brown". Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Simmons, Steve (June 25, 2012). "GTHL's own magnificent seven". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "OHL Priority Selection Results". Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown playing beyond expectations". The National Post. February 14, 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ a b OHL Network: OHL All-Rookie Teams Announced
  6. ^ "Player Statistics: 2011-12 Regular Season". Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Connor Brown named captain of the Otters". Erie Otters Official Website. September 15, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Rush, Curtis (May 6, 2014). "Maple Leafs prospect Connor Brown wins OHL top player award". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ News Centre: OHL Year End Awards
  10. ^ Morreale, Mike (March 22, 2015). "Erie's Strome wins OHL scoring title with career day". NHL. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Brown to entry-level contract". NHL Official Website. November 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Toronto Marlies on Twitter". Twitter. April 21, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Maple Leafs' newest rookie Connor Brown happy to 'be recognized'". The Globe and Mail. March 17, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Leafs sign Connor Brown to three-year extension". Sportsnet. August 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Senators acquire Zaitsev, Brown from Toronto in six-player deal". Ottawa Senators. July 1, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Warren, Ken (January 26, 2020). "Brown's big news, Belleville's stunning success, Ryan hits the ice and Paul is ahead of schedule". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ OHL Network: 2013-14 Regular Season Award Winners
  18. ^ "Connor Brown wins Red Tilson trophy". Ontario Hockey League. March 29, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "OHL announces 2013-14 All-Star Teams". Ontario Hockey League. May 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ "All-Star roster changes, started named". American Hockey League. January 21, 2015. Retrieved 2014.

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