Return to UMD a Positive for Bulldogs' Brown

By KBJR News 1

January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- J.T. Brown was one of the talented freshmen who helped lead last year's UMD Bulldogs to the national championship.

This year, he's become a much more seasoned sophomore.

"When you come in and play another year with the same players, the same coaching staff, you get a little bit more comfortable," Brown said. "It just comes more easily to you, with the systems and what's going on."

Brown participated in two NHL development camps this past summer, one with Minnesota, the other with Philadelphia.
With that NCAA national championship last season, though, and the thought of a repeat this season, Brown said coming back to college was an easy choice.

"We were going to have a good team this year," Brown said of the Bulldogs, "and I wanted to come back and try to repeat and do the same things we did last year."

"That confidence of having NHL general managers telling him he can play at the next level," UMD freshman defenseman Derik Johnson said, "that has to help him immensely when he comes to the rink and plays against the competition we have here."

Competition is something Brown enjoys on the ice, and his teammates say that part of his game often goes unnoticed by the outside world.

"Something that a lot of people don't see about J.T. is his competitiveness," Bulldogs sophomore forward Max Tardy said. "Besides his skill and his speed, it's about how hard he competes and how much he wants it. That's something we can learn from him, for sure."

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