BC Hockey Preview of Champions: Patrick Brown, #23


Sure, Boston College hockey has plenty of players from the Northeast, and with as popular has hockey is here, why not? This hockey program has national appeal, however, and guys from all over the northern lands of this country (and the country directly to our north, for that matter) fill out the 2012-13 roster. Today’s first feature is from the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Patrick Brown.

Brown, 20, is a forward from Bloomfield Hills. Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Brown played high school hockey for Cranbrook-Kingswood, a private prep school in the aforementioned town. In his senior year of 2009-10 for Cranbrook-Kingswood, Brown led his team with 48 points.

It was perhaps a very easy decision for Brown to choose Boston College. He is the nephew of Greg Brown, who was recently promoted to associate head coach. Aside from that, both of his parents went to BC, including his father, Doug Brown. The father Brown played hockey at Boston College and currently sits in the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame, while his mother, Maureen Brown (nee Mara), also attended the school. Yes, that is the same Mara family you’re thinking, the Maras who attended Boston College and own the New York Football Giants are his mother’s side of the family. Brown’s uncle, John Mara, is the current Giants owner, who (with Brown’s late grandfather, Wellington) has helped see other Boston College notables like Tom Coughlin and Mark Herzlich into the franchise. Simply put, Boston College is a big deal in Brown’s family.

As a freshman, Brown made his way into 29 games, notching just one point. Last season, this dropped to only 14, and again, just one point. Being a junior, he will perhaps be relied upon a little more, but so far, Brown has been a roleplayer for the Eagles.