Rock star is a Flint mint

March 12, 2023

Standout goalie Jacob Brown is developing in a big way with the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as a signed plum prospect of the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League.

Brown, who has a 2006 birth date and who was a fourth round pick, 80th overall, by Flint at the 2022 OHL priority selections draft, has splendid stats for Timmins, which will head into the NOJHL playoffs as the top seed from the East Division. Brown, who shares the Timmins crease with veteran NOJHL goalie Patrick Boivin, has a record of 18-1-3 to go with a 1.44 goals against average, .929 save percentage and seven shutouts.

Timmins coach and general manager Brandon Perry is a big fan of what Brown has brought to the Rock both on and off the ice.

“Jacob is a talented young goalie, he is big, he covers a lot of net and he is extremely quick down low. His stats are sensational and obviously being a high pick in last years OHL draft and signing with Flint already this year, the future certainly looks bright for him,” Perry relayed to Hockey News North.

“On top of his stellar play — and more importantly — he is an incredible young man,” Perry continued in further praise of the 6-foot-1, 175 pound Brown. “He shows up to work every day, he is mature, responsible, polite and very active in our community. Jacob Brown embodies what it is to be a Timmins Rock player, he has impeccable character and we are so proud of him.”

Having signed Brown to an OHL player agreement, Ted Dent, who is the coach and general manager of the Firebirds, noted that “we like what we have seen in Jacob’s progression up in Timmins this season. They run a really good program up there.”

Meanwhile, Sault Ste. Marie resident Mike Oliverio, who serves as the head scout for the OHL Firebirds, has plenty good to say about Brown, his development, and the manner in which he competes.

“Jacob is a big body, pro style goaltender. We like his composure in the net and in speaking with him he definitely has a pro, workman-like attitude,” said Oliverio. “In watching him play up in Timmins this season we really like the way he has progressed. He is very efficient in the net and he is a competitor. He just wants to get better and we look forward to him being a Flint Firebird next season.”

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