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April 7, 2013

Fire on Ice: North Andover's Brown helped lead BC women to three straight Frozen Fours

North Andover's Brown set the tone for BC's third straight Frozen Four berth

James Brown was the self-proclaimed hardest working man in show business. Kristina Brown might be the hardest working woman in hockey.

The 5-foot-4 Boston College senior forward from North Andover wasn’t the biggest or the strongest or the most skilled, but she refused to be outworked. That mindset spread throughout a program which made the Frozen Four each of the last three seasons.

Eagles head coach Katie King Crowley raves about Brown’s work ethic.

“She is one of the most dedicated and hard working athletes I’ve been around in the college game,” said King Crowley, who has been with the program 10 years, the last six as head coach. “She’s a great kid and will be missed for sure.”

Brown said proudly, “I work my tail off, that’s what I do best. I put my teammates first. I’ll be remembered as the crazy psychopath who is in the best shape and will do anything to help my team.”

King Crowley, the Olympic Hockey legend from Salem, N.H., said, “Although she didn’t wear a (captain’s) letter for us, she was a leader with our team. If she saw someone who was down on or off the ice, she would try to cheer them up with some candy or a motivational note.

“I have a lot of respect for the way she came to the rink every day ready to give everything she had for the team.”

Blue-collar attitude

She might have been on the fourth line, but the former Cushing Academy star was always there to contribute. Well, almost always. She played in 144 of 145 career games, making the Eagles colors — for the last four years, anyway — Maroon and Gold and Brown.

The only game she missed was after suffering a concussion her freshman year.

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