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.
© Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass
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.
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.