This summer, SM alumnus Greg Brown '86 was named an assistant coach for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League.
Brown joins the Rangers organization after spending the past 14 seasons as a member of the coaching staff at Boston College (2004-2018), including the last six seasons as the team's associate head coach. In his role at Boston College, Brown was responsible for overseeing the team's defensemen, and he also worked with the team's special teams units. During his tenure at the school, Boston College won the NCAA National Championship three times. Brown coached several current and former Rangers during his tenure at Boston College, including players such as Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes. In addition, he assisted in the development of several defensemen who currently play in the NHL, including Brian Dumoulin, Noah Hanifin, Mike Matheson, Ian McCoshen, and Steven Santini.
In addition to his coaching experience with Boston College, Brown has served as an assistant coach with Team USA in several international tournaments. He served as an assistant coach with the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship three times, helping Team USA earn a gold medal in 2017 and a bronze medal in 2018. Brown coached current Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei during the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, and he also coached defenseman Ryan Lindgren, a Rangers prospect, at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2017 and 2018.
Prior to his coaching career, Brown completed a distinguished playing career that spanned nearly two decades at the prep, collegiate, professional, and international levels.
Greg Brown cut his teeth on the frozen ponds of St. Mark's and, during "free skate" time, on the Gardner Rink. A St. Mark's "faculty brat" since the age of five, his father, Curt Brown, taught math and coached for 25 years, while his mother, Marge, ran the school store for the better part of two decades. Growing up at St. Mark's, he would regularly follow his older brother (Doug '82, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings, in 1997 and '98) to the rink, literally next door to his home, to build his skills.
Brown would go on to become one of the most feared defensemen in the history of St. Mark's hockey, helping to lead the Lions to four consecutive ISL championship titles. He would play three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College (1986-1990), registering 120 points (24 goals, 96 assists) in 119 career games. Brown received numerous accolades over the course of his collegiate career. In both 1988-89 and 1989-90, Brown was named the Hockey East Player of the Year, was selected to the NCAA (East) First All-American Team, and was selected as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey. During the 1987-88 season, Brown played with the United States Men's National Team prior to the 1988 Winter Olympics, and he was teammates with Rangers legends Brian Leetch and Mike Richter at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Brown was also teammates with Leetch and Richter, as well as Rangers Head Coach David Quinn, at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship, where Team USA earned its first medal in the tournament's history (bronze). In addition, Brown and Leetch played together for one season at Boston College (1986-87) and represented the United States at the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championship. Brown also represented the United States at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
Following his collegiate career, Brown played 13 seasons of professional hockey, including parts of four seasons in the NHL (1990-91; 1992-93; 1994-95). Brown, who was selected by Buffalo in the second round, 26th overall, of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, skated in 94 career NHL games with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Winnipeg, and he registered 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and 86 penalty minutes. He also played professional hockey in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany during his career.
Greg Brown was inducted into the St. Mark's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.