Saturday, August 27, 2005
Brown becomes third Wolverine to jet
First, Al Montoya.
Then, Jeff Tambellini.
Now, junior forward Mike Brown has left Michigan for an NHL dream.
Though nothing has been officially announced by the university, Wolverines head coach Red Berenson said in the Ann Arbor News on Thursday that Brown has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver drafted Brown in the fifth round a year ago. The Canucks also have not confirmed the signing.
"Up until a week ago, Mike Brown was all set to come back to school,'' Berenson said in the story. "And now Vancouver comes into the scene and offers him a contract, and he bit on it. I'm surprised and disappointed.''
"I thought it was my opportunity and the right time for me to have the chance to go,'' Brown said. "I just want to show what I have and go play with the big boys.''
Brown, 20, had just 11 goals and 10 assists in his two years at Michigan, but filled an important role as a penalty killer and with his physical play.
The Wolverines now have a depleted 23-man roster with 11 of those being freshmen for this upcoming season.