Walter A. Brown

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Walter A. Brown, 1960.

Walter A. Brown (born February 10, 1905 in Boston , Massachusetts , † September 7, 1964 ) was an American sports official and ice hockey coach . His father, George V. Brown, was also a sports official.


Walter A. Brown won five Eastern Hockey League championships with the Boston Olympics as an ice hockey coach . With the US national ice hockey team , he won the gold medal at a World Cup for the first time in the history of the country at the 1933 Ice Hockey World Championship . He also led the USA to winning the silver medal at the World Championships in 1931 and 1934 , as well as winning the bronze medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen . In 1937 he took over the management of the Boston Garden from his father George V. Brown .

Walter A. Brown co-founded the Basketball Association of America, founded in 1946, and helped merge it with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association in 1949 . The American founded his own basketball team , the Boston Celtics , in 1946, which won the NBA championship six times in the seven years before his death. With the financially troubled hockey club of the Boston Bruins from the National Hockey League , Brown also bought another professional team in 1951, which played their home games in the Boston Garden and of which he was president until his death. From 1954 to 1957 he was President of the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF , for which he had previously worked twice as Vice President. At the 1960 Winter Olympics , Brown won the gold medal with the USA as manager.

Brown died on September 7, 1964 at the age of 59. Because of his services to the sport in the United States , he was then inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1965. In 1962 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame . Other awards included the admission to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the naming of the Walter Brown Arena in his hometown Boston after him. The trophy, which has been awarded to the champions since the league was founded in 1949, was renamed the Walter A. Brown Trophy in 1964 and retained this name until it was renamed the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in 1983 . Since his death in 1964, the Boston Celtics have no longer given him the number one as a shirt number to a player in his honor.

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