Mike Brown completed his rookie season at the University of Michigan in 2003-04. He played in 42 games for the Wolverines this season, registering 13 points (eight goals, five assists). Brown’s eight goals ranked him second among all rookies on the Michigan roster in that category. He also finished fourth on the team in plus/minus with a +12. The only game Brown missed for the Wolverines this season was the January 30th game versus Lake Superior State after receiving a game disqualification (which carries an automatic one game suspension) for fighting the weekend before (January 24th) versus in-state rival Western Michigan University. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Brown played two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) with the U.S. National Team Development Program. In the 2002-03 Season, he amassed 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 50 games played.
Brown was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fifth round of the 2004 NHL Draft, 159th overall.
Brown literally made his presence felt on the Wolverines roster this season. Not surprisingly, he led Michigan in penalty minutes with 95. He missed games during the season due to his appearance with Team USA at the IIHF U-20 WJC in North Dakota and a bout with mononucleosis back in January. Brown finished the season with eight points (three goals, five assists) in 35 appearances.
2007-08: Brown dropped the gloves wherever he was playing in 07-08. He racked up 201 PIM in 54 AHL games and 55 during 19 games with the Canucks. As an added bonus, he did get his first NHL goal.
2008-09: Traded to the Anaheim Ducks in the deal that sent Nathan MacIver to the Vancouver Canucks.
Brown is a hard-nosed, energetic forward who thrives on the physical side of the game. He is never one to back down from a challenge. He can often be the perennial thorn in the opposition’s side. Brown has good speed and is solid defensively. One of Brown’s best and perhaps underrated attributes is his willingness to sacrifice his body, whether it is in blocking shots or taking hard checks He plays with a great deal of determination and battles fiercely for both the puck and space on the ice.
Despite his hard-working, blue collar nature, Brown’s puck skills are seriously lacking and will prevent him from ever becoming more than a role player.
His intense, ultra-aggressive style is one of his greatest assets and along with his other abilities, is sure to make him an attractive commodity for a team looking for more toughness. Brown is likely a career fourth liner at the NHL level and likely will bounce between levels during his career.
Brown was dealt from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Edmonton Oilers in March of 2013.