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Checkers captain returns for 17-18 season

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms with forward Patrick Brown on a one-year, two-way contract.

Brown, 25, completed his third professional season in 2016-17, posting 12 goals and earning 16 assists (28 points) with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. The Bloomfield Hills, MI, native also skated in 14 games with the Hurricanes last season, averaging 9:42 of ice time per game. In 196 career AHL regular-season games with Charlotte, Brown (6’1”, 197 lbs.) has scored 27 goals and earned 36 assists (63 points). He has skated in 28 career NHL games with Carolina, scoring one goal and earning one assist (2 points). Brown originally signed with Carolina as a free agent on April 12, 2014, following his four-year collegiate career at Boston College.