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11-29-2012, 04:43 PM
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LW/C, Curtis Brown

Selke Voting: 5 ('99), 13 ('01), 1 vote ('03, '07)

Overpass's adjusted numbers: 736 GP, 124-177-300 ESP (33) / 34%PK .89

70s Vs #2 Scores: 54, 44, 41, 33, 30, 29 = 231 over six best seasons

Originally Posted by Legends of the Buffalo Sabres
In the playoffs, Brown scored 7 goals, tying Dixon Ward and Stu Barnes for the team lead as the Sabres advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1975...At the end of the 1998-99 season, Brown was selected as the Sabres' nominee for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverence and dedication to hockey.

In the 1999-2000 season, Brown set a new career-high for goals, scoring 22 times. He was selected as the NHL's mid-season Best Defensive Forward by both the Hockey News and Sports Illustrated. At season's end, Brown won the Punch Imlach Memorial Award, given for superior dedication and leadership.

Brown's 2000-01 season was marred by injuries which caused him to miss 12 games and hampered his play throughout the first half of the season...He spent much of the season getting comfortable with his role as the team's top defensive forward in the absence of Michael Peca, who missed the entire season due to a contract dispute. His defensive play remained solid despite his lack of offensive production. Brown finished the season with a +15 rating, the highest on the team...Curtis Brown is still the team's best defensive forward and one of it's best face-off men going in to the 2001-02 season.

Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 5/7/2001
As the Buffalo Sabres' checking center, Curtis Brown's job is to irk and irritate, to hook and hold, to pull back his share of faceoffs and perform a few face-washes. Anything to keep his opponent from scoring.

Ask him to describe his duty, and it will sound as if he is reading a union-shop manual. "The way I see it, you always have to work," Brown said. "You can never quit on a play, never let a guy go. You know that if you work hard out there to take away your opponent's time and space away, you can limit them. You might not shut them down, but you can limit them. It's all about work."

Brown backs that up on the ice, having established himself in his five full NHL seasons as of the league's peskiest defensive forwards. He employs every inch of his 6-foot, 196-pound frame, every step of his outstanding quickness and every iota of his energy in a relentless pursuit of the other team's top scorer.

In the first round, he was matched against Philadelphia Flyers center Keith Primeau. Despite giving up 5 inches and 24 pounds, Brown scored twice, including one in overtime of Game 4, while Primeau finished with no goals and four assists.
In this round, his task has been to hound Mario Lemieux, and he couldn't rate a higher grade for his effort. Lemieux has one goal and five assists in the series, his goal coming in Game 1 during a four-on-four with Brown on the bench and only one of those assists coming at even strength with Brown on the ice.

"No question, Brownie's been really good for us," Buffalo center Stu Barnes said. "He's had tough assignments. He's had Primeau, and now he's got Lemieux and Jagr. I mean, that's three of the top 10 players in the league...And not only has he played well defensively but he's also scored some huge, huge goals for us."

In Game 5, Brown and Jagr, Lemieux's linemate, received coincidental roughing minors in the second period. And late in the third, Jagr and Brown again collided, prompting Jagr to lose his cool, hogtie Brown and slam him to the ice for an ill-advised holding penalty.

Originally Posted by USA Today - 3/9/2004
the San Jose Sharks acquired two-way forward Curtis Brown. "He possesses speed, versatility and character and can play any style of hockey," general manager Doug Wilson said in statement.

Originally Posted by USA Today -4/19/07
Grier and Curtis Brown were just as important killing penalties and making life miserable for the Predators' vaunted offensive talent.

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