Chris Brown grew up in the Dallas Junior Stars program.
2008-09: Brown appeared in 77 total games with the U.S. National U-18 Team. He scored 26 goals and added 20 assists to go with his 120 PIMs. It was his final season with the U-18 squad. Brown was chosen in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.
2009-10: Brown played in 45 games in his first season with the University Of Michigan(CCHA). He scored 13 goals and notched 15 assists, good for 28 points.
2010-11: Brown skated in 42 of 44 games for the University of Michigan as a sophomore; missing two games while playing for the USA at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championship. Brown was the fourth-leading scorer for the Wolverines, who finished first in the CCHA during the regular season and reached the Frozen Four championship game. Brown scored 9 goals with 14 assists and had the team's second best plus/minus (+18) with 59 PMs. In six games for the bronze-medal winning USA squad that hosted the junior tournament, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 4 PMs. Both of his goals were power play goals.
2011-12: Brown signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes in March 20112 following his junior year at the University of Michigan. In 38 games for the Wolverines he scored 12 goals with 17 assists – both career highs – and led Michigan with 66 penalty minutes. After finishing second in the CCHA during the regular season, the Wolverines reached the league championship game against Western Michigan and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional.
2012-13: Brown played in five NHL games with Phoenix in his first pro season – skating in his first game against Anaheim on March 4th and then returning for four games in April. He had no points and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes; averaging 7:38 minutes of ice time. Brown led the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland with 29 goals and had 18 assists; finishing -8 with 98 penalty minutes in 68 games. The Pirates finished second in the Atlantic Division and were swept by Eastern Conference champion Syracuse in the first round — with two of the three losses in overtime. Brown scored 1 goal with 1 assist in three playoff games and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes.
A power forward on the wing, Brown is a big-bodied player with good speed and a powerful stride. Plays a physical, grinding game along the boards and uses his size and strength to drive to the net and create havoc in the crease. Is also an adept puck carrier.
Chris Brown was an immediately effective addition to Portland and was among the team’s leading scorers in 2012-13. He received a late season call-up to the Coyotes and could potentially be on the Phoenix opening day roster in 2013-14.
Brown was traded by the Phoenix Coyotes along with Rostislav Klesla to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Martin Erat and John Mitchell in March of 2014.