Paul Brown can score

Mild-man­nered el­e­men­tary school teacher dents the twine 50-plus times in Bay Roberts over-19 league

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Paul Brown of Bay Roberts was a scor­ing ma­chine this sea­son in the men’s over-19 re­cre­ation hockey league at the Bay Arena. Play­ing for the Up­per Is­land Cove Hawks, Brown fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with 53 goals; be­lieved to be the high­est sin­gle­sea­son bench­mark for the league. He did this in just 25 games, and dented the twine five times in one game. For story by Ni­cholas Mercer,

Paul Brown of Bay Roberts has al­ways been a goal scorer.

From his time ad­vanc­ing through the ranks with Bay Arena mi­nor hockey, to his ex­ploits in the St. John’s Ju­nior Hockey League with the CBN Ju­nior Stars, Brown was al­ways known for his scor­ing touch.

But, Brown has never reached the heights he did this sea­son with the Up­per Is­land Cove Hawks of the Bay Roberts over-19 recre­ational hockey league.

The teacher at All Hal­lows El­e­men­tary in North River tal­lied his 50th goal in a game against Mol­son at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on Feb. 28. He fin­ished the sea­son with 53.

“The goal cer­tainly wasn’t a real high­light goal, but more of the com­mon va­ri­ety,” Brown ex­plained dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view.

Team­mate John Drover fed the puck to Brown in the slot. Us­ing the de­fence­man as a screen, Brown launched the puck over the keeper’s blocker and into the net.

Like any mile­stone goal, the puck was re­trieved and handed to the scorer.

“One of the guys added the sig­na­ture white tape around the puck and marked No. 50 with the date,” said Brown.

It is an im­pres­sive feat in the league, which fea­tures for­mer provin­cial se­nior league play­ers, provin­cial ju­nior league stand­outs and other tal­ents.

It’s thought to be the first time in the 10-plus year ex­is­tence of the league that a player has reached the 50-goal plateau.

50 is spe­cial

In hockey, a 50-goal sea­son is some­thing spe­cial.

Any time a pro­fes­sional player does it in the Na­tional Hockey League, it is big news and draws na­tional me­dia cov­er­age.

Al­though it might not have made waves out­side the league, Brown was in a league of his own this sea­son.

It is some­thing he hasn’t done be­fore

“I’m quite proud of the ac­com­plish­ment,” said Brown.

Start­ing the sea­son it was not some­thing he set out to ac­com­plish, but as the sea­son wore on it be­came at­tain­able.

“I’m more proud of the fact that my con­tri­bu­tion was help­ing our

“I know dur­ing the game the puck kept com­ing to me from all the guys who were in bet­ter shoot­ing lanes than I was.” — Paul Brown

team win,” said Brown.

Pres­sure

Head­ing into the fi­nal game of the sea­son, Brown was putting a bit of pres­sure on him­self to reach the 50-goal mark.

When it hap­pened, a wave of re­lief came over him.

“The last game of the sea­son, I put more pres­sure on my­self to get 50 than I should have,” said Brown.

He said the re­ac­tion of his team­mates made it even more spe­cial.

“We are a close-knit group and I think they were more ex­cited and proud than I was,” said Brown. “I know dur­ing the game the puck kept com­ing to me from all the guys who were in bet­ter shoot­ing lanes than I was.”

The Hawks fin­ished sec­ond in the fast-paced league be­hind Kelly’s Land­ing. Both teams are now bat­tling it out in the league fi­nal.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Bay Roberts res­i­dent Paul Brown notched an im­pres­sive 53 goals in the Bay Roberts over-19 recre­ational hockey league dur­ing the 2013-14 reg­u­lar sea­son.

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