The Australian hockey community is saddened by the recent passing of IHA Life Member Kevin Brown.
Kevin began playing hockey in 1964 on the small rink at Hindley Street, Adelaide. He quickly emerged as skilled player and exceptional stick handler, which saw him become the league’s highest scorer in four seasons and helped him win the Walker Trophy as league MVP three times.
In 1980, Kevin helped found the Payneham Flyers in the National Ice Hockey League and was both player, coach, and GM with the team.
Kevin made a significant contribution to South Australia state hockey. He won three Goodall Cups (1990, ’91, ’95) as manager of the state team, and served in several roles in the South Australian State Association including Treasurer, Secretary, Referee-in-chief and President. Kevin was also driving force and first president of the Adelaide Vintage Reds.
At the national level, Kevin was General Manager of the Australian National Senior Team in 2007 and 2010, in both instances winning Silver. He was Team Leader in 2011 and saw the team win gold and promotion to Division I. Additionally, Kevin was Team Leader three more times 2012 to 2014, for a total of six senior World Championships in two divisions.
Kevin was appointed Treasurer of Ice Hockey Australia in the late-70s, and again between 2005-2012 where he was instrumental in securing the funding for national teams. He was elected national President in 2012 before retiring in 2015.
He was also president for 10 years of the Old-timers ice Hockey Association Network (OiHAN), during which time it became a full member of the IHA.
Kevin was a Life Member of both State and National Associations.
On the sad passing of Kevin Brown – Life Member, Ice Hockey Australia wish to acknowledge Kevin’s outstanding contribution to the sport and pass condolences to his family and loved ones. ‘We are deeply saddened to hear about Kevin’s passing. Kevin was Treasurer when I personally first joined IHA and I will never forget the tremendous support, guidance and mentorship he provided to me. His dedication to the ice hockey at every level, and in so many different capacities, helped build the foundation for our sport to the benefit of all. He was also an outstanding person. I am personally thankful that I was able to work with and know him and extend my condolences to his family. He was truly a hockey legend.’ Kevin served as President and Treasurer over the years and we thank our revered Life Member for his dedication to the sport.
Ryan O’Handley, President Ice Hockey Australia.