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April 1, 2014

Brown chosen as MVP of MIHL after brilliant senior season

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Christopher Brown, center, had a brilliant senior season with Cranbrook and was selected as the MIHL Most Valuable Player.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — He did it all, and he did it well.

He was the type of player who could read a play before it happened, and the puck seemed to find him no matter what was going on or where he was on the ice.

He anchored the top line in high school hockey this year and served as the unquestioned leader of the regular season’s top-ranked team.

So, it came as little surprise when the year ended that coaches in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League tipped their collective hat one final time to Christopher Brown, naming him the conference’s 2014 Most Valuable Player.

“I wasn’t surprised,” said Andy Weidenbach, Brown’s coach at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. “I think the general consensus in the league was he was the best we had this year.”

Helping guide Cranbrook to a 12-1-0 mark and second consecutive title in the North Division, Brown scored 11 goals and handed out 28 assists.

In league play alone, Brown and his line mates, Sam Miletic and Austin Alger, combined for 42 goals, 61 assists and 103 total points.

“I’ve never been on a line like that before,” Brown said. “To play with guys that, guys that will play at the Division I level and see the ice so much better, and are so much quicker than anyone else, it was pretty special.”

As for taking home MVP accolades?

“It’s a great honor,” Brown added. “I mean, this is a league that gets better every year. And to be selected for that is a great honor. … There’s a long line of people I could thank, though — my dad, my coaches, the guys on this team. A lot of people played a role in me doing this.”

None bigger than Brown, himself, though.

In 28 games, and while leading the Cranes to a 26-2-0 record, Brown scored 26 goals with 58 assists and a team-high 84 points.

“He really matured as a player, both on and off the ice,” Weidenbach said. “He was a great leader, a great captain. He stepped his game up this year so much. He was a significant factor in every single game we played.”

Brown is headed to Green Bay next year to play in the United States Hockey League.

The following season, he’ll begin his career at Boston College.

His ultimate objective, though, remains the NHL.

“It’s always been a goal of mine,” he said. “To play in the NHL is something I want to make a career out of.”

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