TAMPA — Former Lightning forward JT Brown is hanging up his skates for a new career in broadcasting.
Brown announced his retirement from playing Monday afternoon and will begin a new career as the expansion Seattle Kraken’s first TV color analyst.
Brown began his NHL career with the Lightning, playing parts of six seasons with Tampa Bay from 2011-12 to 2017-18. He played in 37 postseason games for the Lightning, including 24 during their run to the Stanley Cup final in 2014-15.
His best season came in 2015-16 with the Lightning, when he had eight goals and 22 points while posting a plus-16 in 78 games.
Brown’s last stint in the NHL came in 2018-19 with Minnesota, where the Burnsville, Minn., native had three goals and five assists in 56 games for his home-state team. Most recently, he spent the past season playing in Sweden.
The Kraken made the announcement on their official social media accounts on Monday.
Brown will join former longtime Carolina Hurricanes and former NBC Sports play-by-play broadcaster John Forslund to make up the Kraken’s in-booth broadcast team for ROOT Sports.
“It was a really big decision to hang up the skates and retire from the only thing I’ve known for about the last 25 years,” Brown said. “But the city of Seattle, the Kraken organization and getting to work with the legendary John Forslund made it a no-brainer. I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of, and I’m excited for this next chapter. I have new goals and a lot more memories to make.”
• • •
Sign up for Lightning Strikes, a weekly newsletter from Bolts beat writer Eduardo A. Encina that brings you closer to the ice.