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Brown, Walter A.locked

(10 February 1905–07 September 1964)
  • Daniel Frio

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Brown, Walter A. (10 February 1905–07 September 1964), sports promoter and coach, was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the son of George Victory Brown, a sports promoter and athletic director at Boston University, and Elizabeth Gallagher. Brown attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1926. After brief stints in the business world and an apprenticeship under his father, who was general manager of Boston Arena and president of Boston Garden, Brown turned to coaching amateur hockey. From 1931 to 1936 he toured Europe with a team of handpicked players, making history in 1933 when the team defeated Toronto 2–1 in Prague for the world’s amateur title—the first non-Canadian team to win the championship. In 1932 he founded the Boston Olympics hockey team of the Amateur Hockey Association of America; he coached the team for four years before moving to the front office in 1936. During the next decade the Olympics won five U.S. national titles....

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