Former Waterloo Black Hawks forward J.T. Brown has signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.
During the 2009/10 season, Brown led the Black Hawks with 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists), finishing third in the USHL. That was his second year in Waterloo. All totaled, his time with the Hawks included 113 points (48 goals, 65 assists) in 96 appearances. Brown notched nine multi-goal performances, highlighted a four-goal effort versus the Des Moines Buccaneers on March 19, 2010.
Last winter, the former Hawks point-producer stacked up seven points in 47 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks. Brown has totaled 64 points in 309 career NHL contests over parts of six seasons with Tampa Bay and Anaheim, adding another six points in 41 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Between his time in Waterloo and the NHL, Brown had 84 points in 81 games during two seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, helping the Bulldogs capture the 2011 NCAA National Championship. He was selected the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Brown also represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
Last winter, he was one of nine Waterloo alumni to appear in the NHL. One of those – Justin Kloos – became the first former Black Hawk to skate for the Wild.
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