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Langley, British Columbia’s Chad Brownlee Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

One of 11 2013 alumni award winners.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 5-2-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Chad Brownlee of Langley, British Columbia, received the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Brownlee, a former professional hockey player and Canadian country musician, is one of 11 2013 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 26 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Distinguished Young Alumni Awards go to graduates 35 years old or younger who have reached professional achievements early in their careers, and have positively impacted their communities.

Brownlee graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

But before that, at the age of 17, Brownlee received a guitar from his parents for his birthday and taught himself how to play. That same year, he was offered a full scholarship to play hockey at Minnesota State Mankato. A 2003 draftee of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, Brownlee played four years for the Mavericks and had set his sights on continuing his hockey career in the NHL.

After one year of professional hockey in the Canucks organization, Brownlee decided to pursue a career in country music. He began working with award-winning producer and songwriter Mitch Merrett and released his debut album in 2010. It proved wildly successful on the Canadian country music scene. Since then, many of Brownlee’s singles have reached the top of country music charts in Canada.

Brownlee’s dedication to his music and fans is apparent in the awards and nominations he has received after three short years of stardom. In 2011, he was presented with the Rising Star Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA). He has also received nominations for the 2012 CCMA Male Artist of the Year and the 2013 Juno Awards Country Album of the Year. He has co-headlined tours across Canada with other country music artists, including Dallas Smith and Grammy-nominee Dierks Bentley.

Those who want more information about the April 26 awards event may go to or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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