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David Brown Named National Rookie Of The Month

Nov. 8, 2003

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Notre Dame freshman goaltender David Brown (Stoney Creek, Ont.) added to his list of early-season accomplishments today when he was selected the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) national collegiate rookie of the month for the month of October. Michigan Tech’s Chris Conner was selected as the HCA national collegiate player of the month.

The Hockey Commissioner’s Association (HCA) is made up of the commissioners of the six different Division I college hockey conferences in the country. Each conference will nominate a player and rookie each month from nominations forwarded by member-school SIDs. The winners will be unveiled during the first Friday of each month on the pre-game show of CSTV Friday Night Hockey .

Brown had an October to remember as he recorded a Notre Dame school record three consecutive shutouts in his first four career starts and goes into this weekend’s games with Michigan State with a school-record shutout string of 186:15 consecutive minutes. His three shutouts also set a Notre Dame record for shutouts in a season.

For the month, the 5-11, 188-pound puck stopper was 3-2-0 with a CCHA-leading 1.15 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage to go with the three shutouts. Among his three shutouts was a 1-0, 27-save performance on Oct. 24 versus the top-ranked Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Nationally, Brown ranks fifth in the nation with the 1.15 goals against average and his .946 save percentage is third overall. The three shutouts are the most by anyone so far this season in college hockey.

Brown, who played his junior hockey for the Hamilton Kilty Bees in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) lost his first career start at Ohio State on Oct. 11. He made 36 saves in that 3-1 loss. A week later, Brown relieved starter Rory Walsh in the third period of a 3-3 tie with Bowling Green (Oct. 17) and took the loss after surrendering two goals. Since the 15:38 mark of that game, Brown has not surrendered a goal over a span of 186:15.

He shut out the Falcons the following night (Oct. 18), making a career-high 40 saves in a 3-0 win. On Oct. 24, he blanked Boston College, 1-0. On Oct. 30, he played the final 1:53 of Morgan Cey’s 4-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha after the junior goaltender was injured in a goalmouth scramble. Brown closed out the month with his third straight shutout as he made 22 saves in a 2-0 blanking of the Mavericks on Oct. 31.

During the month, Brown was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s rookie of the week on Oct. for his play in the weeks ending Oct. 19 and Nov. 2.