Professional hockey star J.T. Brown has announced his retirement from hockey and will be joining the expansion of Seattle Kraken for a television analyst job, and online casino usa doesn’t find it strange.
The 30-year-old star enjoyed seven seasons in the NHL from 2011 to 2019 with three top teams; Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild, in his 365 games in the national league. His last season as a professional hockey was played with IF Bjorkloven in the Swedish Hockey League.
Speaking to the media, Brown said: “It was a big decision to hang up my skates, but one that was made easier by the opportunity to work alongside [announcer] John Forslund for the Seattle Kraken.”
Brown rose in fame in his early playing career as one of the NHL’s early adopters of the popular video game streaming, with a Twitch channel that has almost 10,000 followers on his account.
Back in October 2017, he also made the headline when the player raised his right hand during the playing of the national anthem in Tampa Bay’s first road game of the campaign, it became the first demonstration of any kind during the anthem in a game in the regular season of NHL. In his fight for equality, he confirmed to have received death threats shortly after.
“The urgency for social change does not cease as the roars from protests fade and disappear from our timelines. So whether you use your hands for giving donations, volunteering, holding signs as you march in a protest, being vocal online, or raising a fist in solidarity, we all have a responsibility to fight for equality. History cannot continue to repeat itself,” said Brown, in an NHL.com essay in 2020.
The 30-year-old prolific star will be joining a broadcast team that includes Everett Fitzhugh, who was the NHL’s first Black team broadcaster when he was hired as the Kraken’s radio play-by-play announcer in 2020, and Forslund, who was the play-by-play voice of the Carolina Hurricanes and a national broadcaster for NBC Sports.
“I am excited for the opportunity to continue my career within the hockey world and to join an organization that is dedicated to making forward progress within the sport, and I look forward to the ability to make a lasting impact on the game I’ve loved for over 25 years,” Brown said real online money pokies.
The Kraken, which is NHL’s 32nd franchise, will be kick-starting in the 2021/22 season.
Speaking to the media, Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke said: “We are excited to welcome JT Brown to the Seattle Kraken. His experience as a player winning a National Championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the Tampa Bay Lightning gives him unique insight into what it takes to compete night in and night out at the highest levels of hockey. Off the ice, JT’s values and dedication to the community reflect our own and we know he will be a great addition.”