Three Generations of Canadian Champions
When Buster Brown (1909 – 2000) of Edmonton won a gold medal for Canada in the 4 x 100 relay at the 1930 British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games) little did he realize the legacy of success he would pass on to his children and grandchildren. Buster’s son, James H. Brown, would go on to win a Canadian junior hockey championship with the 1963 Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings and Buster’s grandson, Trent Brown, would earn a Grey Cup ring as a hard-hitting defensive back with the 1993 Edmonton Eskimo football team.
Buster Brown (1909-2000) – inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1966.
James H. Brown – inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 as a member of 1963 Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.
Trent Brown – inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1993 Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos.
James H. Brown
Canadian Junior Hockey Championship (1963)
1963 Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.
Front row, left to right – Russ Kirk, Harold Fleming, Rodger Bourbonnais (Captain), Swede Knox (Stickboy), Leo LeClerc (Manager), Buster Brayshaw (Coach), Walter Serediak (Equipment Manager), Jim Eagle, Tom Bend.
Second row, left to right – Jim Mitchell (Trainer), Bert Marshall, jim Chase, Ron Anderson, Gregg Pilling, Rich Bulloch, Dave Rochefort, Jim Brown, Pat Quinn, Dr. Tullock.
Third Row, left to right – Bob Falkenberg, Vince Downey, Max Mestinsek, Butch Paul, Glen Sather, Butch Barber, Doug Fox, Reg Tashchuk.
James H. Brown (Third from the right – Center Row)
Edmonton Eskimos 1990 – 1999
Grey Cup Champion – 1993
Western Division All-Star 2 times
All-Canadian 1997 – 1998
CFL All-Canadian 1997 – 1998
Gold medal for Canada in the 4 x 100 relay.
1930 British Empire Games. (now the Commonwealth Games)
Three Generations of Canadian Champions Championship History
Video Produced by Lisa Miller.
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The Brown family has had its share of adversity. At age 7 James H. Brown was diagnosed with a rare hip ailment which resulted in him being bedridden for a year and spending another year in a wheelchair. The Brown family never gave up hope that James would one day walk again but never dreamt that he would one day go on to play competitive hockey. But tragedy struck again. James had just started a promising hockey career with the Edmonton Oil Kings when his life was forever changed as a result of a head-on collision with an uninsured driver. Brown woke up, unable to move, in a hospital bed with a broken neck. His struggle back to health taught him just how much a devastating injury can affect someone’s life. Brown credits this experience with being the motivational force behind his law firm’s commitment to seriously injured persons and their families.
Trent Brown also faced adversity on his way to becoming a professional athlete. A fractured skull suffered in football practice while attending university almost ended his football career. Trent went on to play nine seasons with the Eskimos. However, his hard-hitting style of play resulted in numerous serious concussions which forced his retirement just prior to the 1999 season.