Paul Brown of Bay Roberts a scoring machine

Nicholas Mercer
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Mild-mannered elementary school teacher dents the twine 50-plus times in over-19 league

Paul Brown of Bay Roberts has always been a natural goal scorer.

Bay Roberts resident Paul Brown notched an impressive 53 goals in the Bay Roberts over-19 recreational hockey league.

From his time advancing through the ranks with Bay Arena minor hockey, to his exploits in the St. John’s Junior Hockey League with the CBN Junior Stars, Brown was always known for his scoring touch.

But, Brown has never reached the heights he did this season with the Upper Island Cove Hawks of the Bay Roberts over-19 recreational hockey league.

The teacher at All Hallows Elementary in North River tallied his 50th goal in a game against Molson at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on Feb. 28. He finished the season with 53.

“The goal certainly wasn’t a real highlight goal, but more of the common variety,” Brown explained during a recent interview.

Teammate John Drover fed the puck to Brown in the slot. Using the defenceman as a screen, Brown launched the puck over the keeper’s blocker and into the net.

Like any milestone goal, the puck was retrieved and handed to the scorer.

“One of the guys added the signature white tape around the puck and marked No. 50 with the date,” said Brown.

It is an impressive feat in the league, which features former provincial senior league players, provincial junior league standouts and other talents.

It’s thought to be the first time in the 10-plus year existence of the league that a player has reached the 50-goal plateau.

50 is special

In hockey, a 50-goal season is something special.

Any time a professional player does it in the National Hockey League, it is big news and draws national media coverage.

Although it might not have made waves outside the league, Brown was in a league of his own this season.

It is something he hasn’t done before

“I’m quite proud of the accomplishment,” said Brown.

Starting the season it was not something he set out to accomplish, but as the season wore on it became attainable.

“I’m more proud of the fact that my contribution was helping our team win,” said Brown.

Pressure

Heading into the final game of the season, Brown was putting a bit of pressure on himself to reach the 50-goal mark.

When it happened, a wave of relief came over him.

“The last game of the season, I put more pressure on myself to get 50 than I should have,” said Brown.

He said the reaction of his teammates made it even more special.

“We are a close-knit group and I think they were more excited and proud than I was,” said Brown. “I know during the game the puck kept coming to me from all the guys who were in better shooting lanes than I was.”

The Hawks finished second in the fast-paced league behind Kelly’s Landing.

The two teams are meeting in the league finals with Upper Island Cove holding a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-five series. Game 2 is set for 9 p.m. on April 4 at the Bay Arena.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Geographic location: Bay Roberts

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  • Ottawa newfie
    April 07, 2014 - 11:16

    50 goals in beer league big sports item in Gander beacon. Please tell me its a Newfie joke or sports news a wee bit slow on the Rock.

  • Hockey Fan
    April 05, 2014 - 16:48

    Nice job Paul. 50 goals is impressive in any league. I'm with Hockey Dave! It really is a treat to see players you've coached along the way doing well and enjoying the game.

  • TheChamp
    April 05, 2014 - 15:00

    Heard marky Is flying cleary to make the presentation of the award to Paul on this plateau. Next year you have leverage to hold out for a new pair of pants and skates. Rumor has it that players are being bought to this team by free sticks, registration, equipment etc. player on that team started season with another team and was promised new skates and sticks to leave and play for the hawks. No reason a 50 goal guy shouldn't get anything.

  • What A Joke
    April 04, 2014 - 22:49

    This is honestly in the paper??? Lol... This guy is still living the dream I guess... 50 goals in a beer league lol.... I got a 180 in darts last week at the legion!!! How come I don't get my story in the news???

  • Bruiser Brody
    April 04, 2014 - 14:47

    "I put more pressure on myself than I should have". AHAHAHAAHAHAHA Thanks Paul and reporter. I needed this to end my week with. White tape on the puck??? AHAHAHA..Brilliant!!!

  • Jampse brown
    April 04, 2014 - 13:22

    Way to go paul your a pure goal scorer. You should hold out for more money next season. Im sure reardon will anty up. Maybe espn will do a peice on you next.

  • Bruiser Brody
    April 04, 2014 - 08:10

    50 goal plateau...ITS A REC LEAGUE! Hey, my bud won the C division in golf this summer, where was the media then? My buddies and I have a massive horseshoe tourney May 24th, some great shoes thrown there. How do we go about getting this reported?

  • HockeyDave
    April 03, 2014 - 16:54

    Great job Paul! I really miss not watching this guy playing with the CeeBee Stars and he's only 30 years old. These are the type of players they are missing now. Great local talents full of heart and pride while playing for their hometown teams. The NLSHL could learn from a league like this over 19 league.