St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame







Jeff Brown has been involved in coaching in the St. Louis area and beyond since 1999. In the true spirit of giving, the St. Louis Blues Alumni have changed the face of St. Louis hockey  - perhaps none as tirelessly as Jeff.
A native of Ottawa, ON, Canada, Jeff Brown had an outstanding NHL career ( 747 games played, 585 total points, 154 goals and 431 assists), and continues to hold three St. Louis Blues records for defensemen: 78 points, 12 pp goals, and 25 goals. His career was cut short by injury in 1998. He and his family (wife Laina, daughter Jenna, son Logan and later Caden) moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 1999 and Jeff began coaching the 1988 AAA team almost immediately. Still plagued by headaches and lingering concussion issues, Jeff took the time to coach a group of boys, frequently leaving his own family for weekend trips. He led the 1988 team for 4 years and when they moved on to Midget, he followed with the 1989 AAA team for the next year. Many of his players from these early teams still credit him with helping them become both the players and men they are today.
As his own son Logan began to play, Jeff took on the 1998 group. The 98 STL Elite team went undefeated under Jeff's guidance, not losing a game in three years. In 2006-07 he put together a team that became known as "the Brown Squirts". This group of mites played up and won the Squirt AA league. With Logan playing, Jeff coached the 97AAA team in 07-08 and then the 98AAA team beginning in 2008. From the beginning, the 98 team was a powerhouse and, under Jeff, always a top ranked team. For three summers, Jeff held a camp in St. Louis for all the top players in North America. The 98AAA team had a record 7 players invited to try out for theUSA NTDP with 5 of them making the team.
With his coaching abilities and record gaining recognition, Jeff was tapped for the head coach of the NAHL St. Louis Bandits in 2008. He remained with the Bandits until 2012 while also continuing to coach the 98AAA Blues. The St. Louis Bandits won the national championship Robertson Cup in 2008-09. From there, Jeff moved to the USHL in 2012 coaching the Indiana Ice - winning the Clark Cup in 2013-14. Following that Jeff moved to the OHL where he was head coach and GM of the Ottawa 67s until 2017.
Jeff has coached countless numbers of players teaching them to be not just better players but better people as well. He has had success with every team he has led and is tremendously proud of his record of player advancement:
Eight of his St. Louis players have been drafted in the NHL: Patrick Maroon, Matthew Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, Logan Brown, Luke Kunin, Trent Frederic, Joseph Woll, Luke Martin and Brady Tkachuk is 2018 draft eligible.
Twenty-one of his St. Louis players have moved on to NCAA Div1: Sean Dolan-Wisconsin, Tyler Elbrecht-Minnesota State, Cal Heeter-Ohio State, Ryan Kretzer-UNO, Jimmy Martin-Yale, Kyle Reeds-Dartmouth, Brendan Sheehan-Niagara, David Bosner-Air Force, Sam Goodwin-Niagara, David Makowski-Denver, Chris Saracino-RIT, Dan Weiss-Niagara, Luke Kunin-Wisconsin, Ty Farmer-Michigan State, Trent Frederic-Wisconsin, Clayton Keller-Boston University, Luke Martin-Michigan, Tommy Nappier-Ohio State, Zach Solow-Northeastern, Joseph Woll-Boston College, Brady Tkachuk-Boston University.
Five of his St. Louis players have moved on to the OHL: Jack Combs-Saginaw, Patrick Maroon-London, Chris Martenet-London, Matthew Tkachuk-London, Logan Brown-Windsor.  Many of his St Louis players have moved on to junior hockey in the NAHL and USHL, with some continuing to play. These lists only reflect the local players and not his NAHL, USHL, or OHL players where he has impacted dozens more.
 Jeff and his family have recently moved back to St. Louis where he will coach his son Caden with the 03AAA Blues and continue to make a mark on the lives of young hockey players in St. Louis. As families of formers players, we are endlessly grateful for his selfless dedication to St. Louis hockey.