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How Sharks greats and the SJ community rallied around a teammate

Jul 31, 2013, 10:55 AM PDT

Curtis Brown salutes the crowd at Sharks Ice.

NHL center Curtis Brown had it made. He was playing the game he loved at the highest level of competition. He had a picture-perfect family and was living a dream. Then on a random September day in 2006, tragedy struck the Brown family. Their four-month-old daughter, Aubri, passed away in her sleep from sudden infant death syndrome, commonly known as SIDS.

Brown, his wife Ami, and his two sons at the time (he now has three), had to find a way to cope with the heart-breaking loss. Having experienced the worst kind of pain imaginable, they decided to help others that are forced to go through the same thing.

They formed The Aubri Brown Club. The charity raises money for grief-stricken families to help with funeral costs, family support, or anything else families trying to overcome tragedy need.

With everything Brown, now a Comcast SportsNet Sharks analyst, does to help others, it was heartwarming to see several former Sharks greats and the Bay Area’s hockey community step up to help him.

On July 19, former Sharks captain Owen Nolan, goalie Evgeni Nabokov, forwards Alex Korolyuk, Dave Maley, and defenseman Andrei Zyuzin teamed up with Brown in a charity game against a Russian hockey team. NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito dropped the ceremonial first puck.

The event was a wild success. Fans lined up as early as 9:00 a.m. to get into Sharks Ice in San Jose for the 6:00 p.m. game and the event raised over $8,000 for the Aubri Brown Club. After the game, fans lined up for autographs. The former Sharks alumni lost the game 6-2, but Brown and everyone at Sharks Ice walked away winners.

The Russian team didn’t score any goals when Brown was on the ice, Owen Nolan scored a goal, much to the delight of the crowd, and Evgeni Nabokov made several acrobatic saves. They may be past their hockey-playing prime, but they put on a good show.

For more information or to donate money to the Aubri Brown Club: CLICK HERE.

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