By: Barre Campbell – Ottawa67s.com
OTTAWA — It’s official. Ottawa 67’s head coach Jeff Brown has also become the team’s new general manager.
Brown and the Ontario Hockey League club have agreed to a multi-year contract that is effective immediately.
The 49-year-old native of Ottawa guided the 67’s to the team’s first appearance in the OHL playoffs in three years during his rookie season as head coach. The 67’s finished fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 38-25-4-1 record.
Brown played parts of 13 seasons with six NHL franchises (Quebec, St. Louis, Vancouver, Hartford/Carolina, Toronto and Washington). He was named to the 1992 NHL All-Star Game as a member of the St. Louis Blues in 1992 and was part of the Canucks’ run to the Stanley Cup final in 1994.
“I’ve said it before that coaching the 67’s is an honour because growing up in Ottawa before the Senators were in town, the 67’s were the only game in town and the 67’s were the big leagues to me,” said Brown. “It’s my hope that 67’s fans know that I will do everything I can to uphold the traditions of pride, hard work and winning, which define this franchise.”
“Jeff did a great job coaching the 67’s last season and he’ll be an excellent general manager,” said Jeff Hunt, Governor of the 67’s and President of Sports for the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group. “With Jeff as leader of our hockey operations and scouting staffs, I know he’ll re-establish a winning culture in the 67’s organization and I’m looking forward to the exciting times ahead.”