Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sean Brown Autograph Card

I thought I could continue with my Month of Toughness with card #A-SB from In The Game's 2013-14 Enforcers II set (and, obviously, Autograph sub-set):
That's Sean Brown, whom the Boston Bruins selected 21st overall in 1995 but mostly made his mark with the Edmonton Oilers, matching the picture on the card. In Edmonton, he averaged just over 12 minutes of ice time per game, and yet had seasons of 188 and 192 penalty minutes.

But I think his role was even more clearly defined upon his return to Boston, as he put up 117 PIMs in just 69 games in 2002-03, while averaging just 6:26 of ice time per game...

As speed came back into the game and clutching and grabbing went out around the 2004-05 season-long lockout, making the powerplay the most important aspect of the game, sure, his penalty minutes totals went down, but he still couldn't hang on in North America, instead spending two years in Germany and three in Austria.

He's now an assistant coach with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings. He slots in perfectly as #23 in my Oilers Numbers Project.

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