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A Look at Chris Brown

The Rochester Amerks recently signed right winger Chris Brown to a one-year deal. The 27-year-old spent the past three years with the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen. Brown enjoyed some solid stats as an Iceman, netting 44 goals, 68 assists and 112 total points in 151 games.

He also has previous AHL experience. In his lone season playing for the Hershey Bears from 2021-22, Brown’s numbers were a less impressive 1, 1 and 2, respectively. He didn’t do so great in two seasons for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, either, boasting only one assist and one point in 19 matchups. However, the forward made up for it by getting 24 goals, 40 assists and 64 points in 2022-23 in Jacksonville.

The Icemen named Brown team MVP this past year after he led Jacksonville in assists and points, as well as finishing second in goals. The right winger’s college hockey career was productive, too. In four seasons at Boston College from 2015-19, Brown’s stats totaled 27 goals, 45 assists and 72 points.

His best on-ice performances, were of course, in Jacksonville. In a game against the Florida Everblades on May 12, 2023, left winger Ben Tardif passed the puck to Brown, who shot it into Florida’s net to give the Icemen a 3-1 lead. It was Chris Brown’s third power play goal of the night.

Another example of Brown’s scoring skill came in a contest versus the Wheeling Nailers on May 8, 2021. With Jacksonville trailing and just 6:30 left in the third period, Brown forehanded the puck in the net to make it 6-5. It was his second goal of the night and put the Iceman within a much more manageable one-goal deficit.

The Amerks signed a forward with strong scoring ability, who can make plays and assists and pile up points. Hopefully, his next season in Rochester won’t be his last. If he continues to play the way he did in Jacksonville, his ECHL days are over.