As many of you know I grew up in NJ in a little town called Middletown. It’s located on the shore about 15 minutes north of Asbury Park. When it comes to hockey, you could root for three teams the Devils, Rangers and Flyers. I was always a Devils fan, but so many of my friends became hockey fans before NJ even had a team, so really you were either a Flyers fan or a Rangers fan. Yes the Islanders were around but no one liked them. Around the time I became a big hockey fan the Flyer – Ranger rivalry was going strong. Nothing fanned the flames more than in 1987 when Brown checked Tomas Sandstrom in the face and broke the guy’s jaw. It was so malicious, that the NHL levied a 15 game suspension, the stiffest penalty ever given for a check. Brown never regretted it for a second, here is the video (it’s brutal):
As you might have guessed the Flyer fans had a lot to say about the check the next day and lots of arguments ensued. Monmouth county is pretty well known for it’s passionate hockey fans, just watch any Kevin Smith film (from nearby Leonardo). Anyhow from that point forward, I was always pumped to watch enforcers in action. Brown may have not piled on the penalty minutes like some other well known enforcers, but if your team was playing the Flyers you hated him with a passion that night.
His autographs run about $10 on eBay, mainly because of his time spent in Philly and how passionate their fans are about any Bully that plays on Broad St. Fun fact for Dave Brown, was that in the 1982-83 season, Brown recorded 418 PIM in just 71 games. That’s nearly 6 minutes A GAME! Given that he only probably logged about 18 minutes a game, that some serious time logged in the sin bin.
Got any good Dave Brown Stories? What’s your take on landing a Dave Brown autographed card?