Cancer takes former Providence forward Brown at 25

Drew Brown (PC - 7).  The Friars are wearing a "DG" patch on the front of their sweaters to honor Dave Gavitt, a former Athletic Director at Providence who helped found the Big East Conference as well as numerous other accomplishments related to basketball. - The Boston University Terriers defeated the visiting Providence College Friars 6-1 on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Drew Brown played at Providence from 2011 to 2014 (photo: Melissa Wade).

Former Providence men’s hockey player Drew Brown passed away at home on Saturday morning at the age of 25 after a long battle with cancer.

“Our program mourns the passing of Drew Brown early this morning,” Friars coach Nate Leaman said in a statement. “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.”

Providence CollegeA native of Grass Lake, Mich., Brown appeared in 75 games for the Friars from 2011 to 2014, totaling 10 goals and 22 assists. After sustaining an injury in the 2014 Hockey East semifinal, an MRI revealed a tumor that was diagnosed as Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer which caused him to miss the entire 2014-15 season.

Brown continued his long, courageous battle with the disease and became an inspiration for the Friars during their 2015 national championship run.

In the 2015-16 season, Brown joined the men’s hockey’s staff as an undergraduate student assistant coach. Prior to the team’s Senior Night on Feb. 25, 2016, Brown suited up and joined his teammates for pregame warm-ups on the ice in a special moment at Schneider Arena.

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 added. “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.”

Brown is survived by his mother Sandy, father Duke, younger sister Nicole, and his fiancée Michelle Danko.

3 COMMENTS

  1. A lovely video tribute at the game tonight for Drew; Friars scored 7 goals- Drew’s jersey number. He was an inspiration to me personally and will always be remembered in Friartown for his strength, faith and perseverance. God bless you Drew I fight for you.???????

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