Former Providence Forward Drew Brown Dies After Cancer Battle
CHN Staff Report
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Drew Brown, who played for Providence from 2011-14, has passed away from bone cancer. He was 25.
Brown was diagnosed after his junior season, in May 2014. He had gotten injured during the 2014 Hockey East playoffs, and while being treated for that injury, an MRI revealed a rare form of cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma.
Brown went home for treatment during that upcoming season, but was with the team when it won the 2015 national championship. In 2015-16, Brown served as a graduate assistant coach for the Friars.
“Our program mourns the passing of Drew Brown early this morning,” Providence coach Nate Leaman said. “Drew touched everyone with whom he came into contact with his energy, his smile and his big heart. Drew was a thoughtful, soft-spoken teammate who would do anything for his team. Drew showed amazing courage in his battle with cancer. Our Friar family will miss him dearly. With the support of one another, we will find strength to honor Drew.”
A native of Grass Lake, Mich., Brown appeared in 75 games for the Friars, totaling 10 goals and 22 assists.
Proceeds from Saturday night’s game against Massachusetts at Schneider Arena will go directly to the Brown family. Drew Brown's GoFundMe page has already raised over $50,000 and will continue to be open for donations for people not attending tonight's game that still wish to donate.
“I would like to thank all those people who have supported Drew and his family,” Leaman said. “I would also like to thank the Providence College students, administration and community for their support and prayers. Also, thank you to Hockey Coaches Care, John Buccigross and the college hockey community for their support and contributions. This long battle has taken a large toll on Drew’s family and without the support received, Drew would not have had the resources to take on this battle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brown family and his fiancée Michelle during this difficult time.”