2009-10: Brown played for the Cranbrook-Kingswood school in Michigan. In December he committed to playing at Boston College in 2010-11. He was ranked 202nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2010 NHL Draft bur was not selected.
2010-11: Brown skated in 29 of 39 games for Boston College in his freshman season. Playing a lower line role on one of the most talented teams in college hockey, he had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes. The Eagles finished first in Hockey East in the regular season and defeated Merrimack in the conference championship game. BC, the defending national champion, was defeated by Colorado College, 8-4, in a wild NCAA West Regional semifinal game.
2011-12: Brown appeared in 13 games for Boston College in his sophomore season as the Eagles went on to win a national championship. He scored the first goal of his college career, his only point of the season, in the Eagles' season-opening win over Michigan State. Brown was -3 with 6 penalty minutes skating as a fourth line center. BC won the Hockey East regular season title and won their final 19 games to capture the Hockey East and Frozen Four titles.
2012-13: Brown emerged as a key two-way player in a third line center role for Boston College as a junior. He played in all 38 games and scored 5 goals with 6 assists; finishing -7 with 14 penalty minutes. The Eagles finished second in Hockey East. After a loss to Boston University in the Hockey East semifinals they were defeated by Union, 5-1, in the semifinals of the NCAA East regional.
2013-14: Named team captain the previous spring, Brown was Boston College's fourth-leading scorer in his senior season. In 40 games he had career-highs in goals (15) and assists (15) and was +5 with 30 penalty minutes. BC won the Hockey East regular season title and was among the top-ranked teams in the country most of the season. The Eagles were upset in a three-game Hockey East quarterfinal series but rebounded to capture the NCAA Northeast Regional — defeating Denver and Massachusetts-Lowell — before falling 5-4 to eventual national champion Union, 5-4, in a Frozen Four semifinal game. Carolina signed Brown to a two-year entry-level contract on April 12th, 2014.
Carolina signed Brown to a two-year entry-level contract on April 12th, 2014.