Bob Brown inducted into B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame
Oilers scout boasts impressive history as WHL scout and executive
|Oilers scout Bob Brown, who joined the organization in 2002, has recently been inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame.|
Brown was recognized and honoured for his outstanding contribution and continuous support of Junior Hockey in Western Canada winning the WHL Executive of the Year – Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy twice 1990-91 and 1993-94.
The Kamloops Blazers organization success has been their management. One name pops up more than any other, starting at the top with guys like Bob Brown as General Manager from 1986 to 1995. During that time the Blazers motto was the same as there theme song " Takin’ Care of Business" and Brown’s Blazers accomplished that.
Brown joined the Blazers as a scout in 1985. In 1986, he progressed to General Manager, a position he held for the next 10 years. During the years under his guidance the team won 435 games, lost just 184 times and tied another 29. He amassed seven WHL Divisional titles, five WHL Championships and five appearances in the Memorial Cup, winning the championship three times between 1992 and 1995.
During Brown's tenure, the Blazers accomplished records shared to this day: most Memorial Cups Won (1992, 1994 and 1995) as a Manager and most Championships in the team category during those same years.
Brown's strength in management was in assembling a great staff that oversaw drafting and listing players who some went on to play in the NHL. Some of the more notables:
- Rob Brown (most points, 212, still standing as WHL record for points in the 1986/87 season)
- Mark Recchi played his final year of Junior Hockey 1987/88, leading the team in scoring with 154 points
- The line nicknamed "Blue Thunder" including Len Barrie, Phil Huber, and Mike Needham combined for 207 goals and 452 points in 1989/90
- Notables such as Scott Neidermayer, Darryl Sydor, Craig Lyons in 1991/91
- Players like Darcy Tucker, Tyson Nash, Ryan Huska, Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Nolan Baumgartner, Aaron Keller, Hnat Domenichelli turned the 1994/95 season into one to remember
- Ranked #1 team in North America from the first day of the season to the last by winning their third Memorial Cup in four years
In the summer of 2002, Brown saw his dream of entering the NHL become a reality when he joined the Edmonton Oilers as a amateur scout.