J.T. Brown is retiring from professional hockey and joining the expansion Seattle Kraken as a television analyst, the team confirmed on Monday.
Brown, 30, played seven years in the NHL from 2011 to 2019 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild, for a total of 365 games. He played last season with IF Bjorkloven in the Swedish Hockey League.
"It was a big decision to hang up my skates, but one that was made easier by the opportunity to work alongside [announcer] John Forslund for the Seattle Kraken," Brown said.
Brown gained fame during his playing career as one of the NHL's early adopters of video game streaming, with a Twitch channel that has close to 10,000 followers. He also made headlines in October 2017 when he raised his right fist during the playing of the national anthem in the Lightning's first road game of the season -- the first known demonstration of any kind during the anthem in an NHL regular-season game. Brown, who cleared the demonstration against racial inequality with his team, said he received death threats afterward.