JT Brown is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently signed up with the IF Björklöven in the HockeyAllsvenskan (Allsv). He is primarily known for playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL and also being the recipient of awards like WCHA All-Rookie Team, NCAA All-Tournament Team, All-WCHA First Team, and AHCA West Second-Team All-American. Brown has appeared in a total of 365 NHL games during which he scored 23 goals and 49 assists.
JT Brown was born on July 2, 1990, in High Point, North Carolina. He stands 5 ft 9.75 inches tall and weighs 175 lbs. He is the son of former National Football League (NFL) running back Ted Brown who played eight NFL seasons (1979-1986) for the Minnesota Vikings.
JT Brown's Career
During his collegiate career, Brown was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2011 Frozen Four national championship with the Bulldogs ice hockey team, winning the National Championship.
A year later on March 28, 2012, the North Carolina native signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning and made his NHL debut in Bay's 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets. In September 2019, the Tampa Bay Lightning assigned him to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. He scored six goals, 17 points, and four penalty minutes in 26 games for Syracuse before being sidelined for the rest of the season due to a broken collarbone.
The next season he skated in 51 games with the Crunch, pocketing 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. He registered another 4 goals and nine points to go along with 18 penalty minutes in Syracuse's 18 Calder Cup playoff games. In November 2013, he returned to Tampa Bay and scored his first career NHL goal in a 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
In the 2014-2015 season, with the Lightning, he posted four goals and 19 points while averaging 13:02 in ice time per game. Amidst the postseason, he was averaging 14:59 minutes in ice time. On May 3, 2015, he scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal in Bay's 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In 2016, he played in 76 regular season games recording eight goals and 22 points. Additionally, he appeared in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games recording 15 goals and 51 points. After the Tampa Bay Lightning, Brown played for the teams like the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild.
JT Brown's Net worth, Contracts, Salary
Brown's career earnings is estimated at $7.6 million. Reports claim he received a combined base salary worth $1.6 million from the two years he spent at the Tampa Bay Lightning - for the season 2011-12 and 2012-13. His average annual salary from the same time frame was estimated at $2.7 million. For the 2013-14 season, Bay was purported to have paid the right-winger a sum of $874,000 as of the base salary.
Brown's salary increased in the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 season with sources stating that he received an annual average salary worth $950,000 for each of the NHL's editions.
His salary peaked during the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 season. It is estimated that Brown raked in a total of $2.5 million at the conclusion of these two seasons. On July 1, 2018, he secured a two-year $1.375 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.
JT Brown's Married Life; Who is his Wife?
Former Bay's no 23 and his wife Lexi LaFleur first made contact through direct messages on Twitter. Months later they met in person - during Game 6 of the 2013 Calder Cup Final on June 13. Sources say LaFleur has a doctorate in education and is an alumnus of the University of Guelph Humber.
The couple walked down the aisle on February 6, 2015, in a small ceremony at the courthouse in downtown Tampa. Together they share two children, a boy named Booker and a girl, Lily.
LaFleur is often seen sharing the pieces of her private life with Brown and their kids to her fans - be it either through Twitter or the Insta. In February 2021, while celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary, LaFleur revealed that it was Brown who paid off all her student loans. She added, "It has truly been a dream come true. But seriously, I love him so much."