J.T. Brown steps into new role with Kraken

Despite retiring from the NHL, J.T. Brown will remain in the NHL as a TV analyst

Meet the Seattle Kraken’s new TV analyst

What’s Happening: While J.T. Brown has hung up his skates, he will be sticking around the hockey scene. Brown will become a TV analyst for ROOT Sports Northwest, covering the inaugural season of the Seattle Kraken. 

J.T. Brown will provide a player's perspective to the broadcast booth while sharing player's mindsets throughout the game. Fans should also look forward to his ability to emphasize the significance of players in a game who may not manifest on the stat sheet.

Background: J.T. Brown followed in his father's footsteps, though on the rink. Brown is the son of former NFL running back Ted Brown, the number one overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, who played his entire eight-year career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Wearing number 23 just like his father in the NFL, J.T. Brown led the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs to the school's first National Championship while being named the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player.

In his rookie season in 2010-11, Brown totaled 37 points in 42 games, with 16 goals and 21 assists. Brown took a leap forward in the 2011-12 season and compiled 24 goals and 23 assists while averaging 1.20 points per game. As a sophomore, Brown was highly regarded as a top NHL prospect, and he gave up his final two years of eligibility in college to sign an entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Brown's NHL Career Highlights: J.T. Brown signed his entry-level contract on March 28, 2012, worth $832,500. Throughout his seven-year NHL career, Brown earned $8,499,125. 

As Brown signed with the Lightning towards the end of the 2011-12 season, he only appeared in five games in his rookie year. Brown didn't compete for the Lightning in the 2012-13 season due to the lockout, though he competed with the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay Lightning's highest level affiliate team.

In his first full season in 2013-14, Brown played 63 games while averaging 13:02 minutes per game while accumulating four goals and 15 assists. Brown's best season came in the 2015-16 season, when he totaled eight goals and 14 assists, with 140 shots on goal through 78 games.

Throughout his seven-year NHL career, J.T. Brown played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild. J.T. Brown's last career NHL game was on April 4, 2019. For his career, Brown scored 23 goals and 49 assists in 365 career games.

Bonus Read: You might recall Brown’s decision to raise his fist during the national anthem in 2017 following the acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile in 2016. In 2020 after the killing of George Floyd, Brown wrote this essay about the decision to raise his fist.

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