Brown Hockey was established by John Brown in 1970 as he began in the goalie equipment industry making custom fiberglass goalie face masks. As his popularity grew, so did the Brown brand and by 1973, John Brown made his first set of goalie pads and word spread quickly throughout the professional ranks. Goalies quickly took a liking to the custom brand such as John Vanbiesbrouck, Kelly Hrudey, Ken Wregget, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Healy, Peter Sidorkiewicz, Ed Belfour, Ron Hextall and Allan Bester.