Class of HBSc 1999 –
Keely Brown illustrates how a university experience can be a stepping stone to achieving personal and professional goals. Her love of hockey and her education have come together in a “dream job” for Keely who is the General Counsel for the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL, the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Edmonton Capitals in the Golden Baseball League (GBL). She runs the legal department and handles all legal matters for the Oilers, Oil Kings and Capitals, except for player contracts.
Keely graduated from Innis College in 1999 (Hon BSc) majoring in Criminology and Psychology, minoring in Women’s Studies. She played goal for the Varsity Women’s Hockey Team all 4 years, received several awards for hockey, and was an intramural referee and supervisor. Keely was also active on several Innis College and U of T committees, and received the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award and a Silver and Bronze T.
Keely went on to law school at Osgoode Hall, graduating in 2002 and articling at a firm in downtown Toronto. She moved to Edmonton to play hockey and ringette and landed a job with an Edmonton law firm. The position with the Oilers fell into place in 2006.
When she is not in the office, Keely is the goalie for the National Ringette Team (1 gold and 3 silver medals at World Championships), the National Roller Hockey Team (3 gold and 3 silver medals at World Championships), plays hockey for the Edmonton Chimos in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), and has started up her own website at www.ringettegoalies.com. She also enjoys spending time with her parents at their cottage on Lake Huron, and with her brother’s two kids Elijah and Claire.
Keely’s personal motto is, “Experience life while you can.” and her advice to students: “If you want to do it, then get going and make it happen!”