By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
It was a big week for Oshawa Generals captain Josh Brown who, after helping his team win the first two games in the eastern conference semi-final, secured himself a three-year entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.
Brown says he’s been trying not to think about it too much.
“I’m trying not to focus on it too much. Obviously, I want to keep focused on the playoffs, but it was a pretty big thrill for me and my family,” he says.
Brown, a London native, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has played four years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Generals, two of those as captain.
“It’s a hockey lifetime of work to get signed in the NHL,” states Gens’ general manager Roger Hunt in a press release. “The Oshawa Generals couldn’t be more proud of Josh. He started and ended his OHL career as a General.”
A physical force on the ice, Brown put up four goals and 17 assists this regular season. His success, he says, also lies with his teammates.
“I can’t take all that credit. All the guys around me made me better everyday,” he said, naming defensive partners Mitchell Vande Sompel, Will Petschenig and Dakota Mermis. “We push each other every single day. Obviously I had a career high in everything for myself and I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my D partners.”
Brown thinks he will be a good fit with the Panther’s team.
“I’ve been…to camp two years in a row now and I do think I fit in pretty well there.”