Bobby Brown is the Windsor Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer. He played three highly successful seasons with the Windsor Spitfires and was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1953. Brown represented Canada at the 1962 World Hockey Championships.
Brown was born in Windsor on April 12, 1933.
At W.D. Lowe High School, Brown won four consecutive WSSA hockey championships. In 1949, his Grade 10 year, he helped the Trojans win the All-Ontario title by defeating Toronto Runnymede Collegiate 7-4 in a championship game held in Barrie.
At the Junior “A” level, Brown played three productive seasons with the Windsor Spitfires between 1950-51 and ’52-53. In 1951-52, he racked up 47 goals, 29 assists, and 76 points, which was good enough for the team’s scoring title. The following year, Brown led the Spitfires in goals with 19, and his 34 points in 55 games placed him second on the roster. Overall, he finished his Spitfires career with 68 goals, 46 assists, and 114 points.
In 1953, Brown was signed to a contract by the Detroit Red Wings and assigned to Sherbrooke in the Quebec Senior League. However, after being shuttled back and forth between Sherbrooke and its affiliated team in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia seven times, Brown decided to return to Windsor.
Back home, Brown signed a contract to play for Murph Chamberlain’s Windsor Bulldogs. He went on to play 10 Senior OHA seasons with the club between 1954-55 and ’63-64.
Brown scored a total of 723 points, comprising 377 goals and 346 assists, over the course of a long career that saw him distinguish himself as a symbol of dedication and consistency. Bruce remains the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer, considering both league and playoff points.
610 of Brown’s points came in regular season play, including 316 goals and 294 assists. Irwin Gross, the club’s second leading regular season scorer, tallied 463 points.
That leaves 113 playoff points, equaling Lou Bendo’s Bulldogs record. With 61 goals and 52 assists, Brown found the net more frequently than Bendo, who scored 50 times and assisted 63. Gross, with 106 points, finishes a respectable third place in points.
In 1958-59, perhaps Brown’s strongest individual season, he tallied 46 goals, 37 assists, and 83 points. He shared the Bulldogs’ leading scorer award with Gross, who finished with 24 goals and 59 assists for an identical points total.
In 1962, Brown was invited to play with the Galt Terriers, representing Canada at the 1962 World Hockey Championships in Colorado Springs. Brown’s seven goals helped the Terriers win a silver medal for Canada.
The following season, Brown’s Bulldogs finally won the Allan Cup, Canadian Senior Amateur Hockey’s greatest title. The achievement is said to have been his greatest thrill in hockey.
Following his hockey career, Brown turned his focus to golf. He won several Greater Windsor Golf League honours in the 1970s and ’80s, including the Molson Award (1973, ’76), Most Valuable Player (’75, ’76, ’80), Champion (’76), the Low Average Award (’77), and Low Gross Champion (’79, ’80, ’81, ’82).
Bobby Brown passed away on November 23, 2004.