Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown

Dustin James Brown (born November 4, 1984) is an American skilled ice hockey proper winger and alternate captain for the Los Angeles Kings of the Nationwide Hockey League (NHL).[1] The thirteenth total decide of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Brown has spent his whole 18-year NHL profession with the Kings. He led the Kings to the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup championships and in 2012 turned the primary Kings captain and second American captain (behind Derian Hatcher) to win the Stanley Cup with a six-game victory over the New Jersey Devils.[2] Throughout the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he performed for ZSC Lions within the Swiss Nationwide League A.

Brown is famous for his bodily enjoying fashion, constantly rating amongst NHL leaders in hits[3] and penalties drawn,[4] and his reserved, lead-by-example strategy to his former captaincy.[5]

Internationally, Brown has represented america at three World Championships, successful a bronze medal in 2004, and two World Junior Championships. He received a silver medal as an alternate captain of america nationwide staff on the 2010 Winter Olympics. Brown acquired the 2011 NHL Basis Participant Award for his in depth charity work within the Los Angeles group.

Taking part in profession

Junior profession

After enjoying hockey at Ithaca Excessive College for 2 years, Brown left his hometown to play junior hockey at age 16.[6] He was drafted within the second spherical, twenty sixth total, by the Guelph Storm within the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Precedence Choice Draft. Brown performed three seasons for Guelph, scoring 194 factors in 174 video games. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings within the first spherical, 13 total, in 2003.

Los Angeles Kings (2003–current)

2003–04 season

Brown signed a three-year entry degree contract with the Kings and made the Kings’ 2003–04 staff out of coaching camp. His first NHL sport was October 9, 2003, in opposition to the Detroit Purple Wings. Brown noticed fourth-line ice time in his rookie yr,[7] and he scored his first NHL aim on November 22, 2003 in a 2–0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. He managed simply 1 aim and 5 factors in 31 video games earlier than his season was minimize brief by a excessive ankle sprain. Nonetheless, Brown’s physicality made a good impression with the Kings’ teaching workers.[8]

Lockout, 2005–06 season

The next season was cancelled because of the NHL lockout. Brown was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, as a way to develop his offensive sport. He carried out effectively in Manchester, averaging practically a degree per sport and readying himself for an expanded NHL function.

With the lockout over, and NHL play resuming in 2005–06, Brown cemented his place on the staff. As a 21-year-old checking ahead, he managed 28 factors in 79 video games. Extra impressively, he led the staff (and ranked thirteenth within the NHL) with 175 hits, and he drew the second most penalties within the NHL regardless of his restricted ice time. A restricted free agent on the finish of the yr, Brown signed a two-year contract earlier than the beginning of the 2006–07 season.[9]

2006–07 season

Brown’s third season noticed an growth in his function, as he was positioned on the highest line with star rookie heart Anže Kopitar. The 2 younger forwards turned frequent linemates, as Brown’s hitting talents and willingness to shoot complemented Kopitar’s dynamic passing and puck possession expertise. Receiving the third-most ice time amongst Kings forwards, Brown responded with career-highs of 17 objectives and 46 factors in 81 video games. Brown additionally acquired essentially the most short-handed ice time amongst Kings forwards, an indication of his rising defensive reliability.[10] He completed second within the NHL in hits, the primary of six consecutive years that he ranked prime three within the NHL in that class.[3]

2007–08 season

On October 26, 2007, shortly after the beginning of the 2007–08 season, the Kings and Brown agreed to a six-year, $19.05 million contract extension that ran via the 2013–14 season.[11] The contract was signed a full yr earlier than Brown hit restricted free company, partially as a result of younger forwards Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Geese and Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres had simply acquired profitable provide sheets in restricted free company, and the Kings didn’t need Brown to obtain one.[11] Brown produced his finest offensive season that yr. Persevering with to play top-line minutes with Kopitar, he recorded 33 objectives and 60 factors. Up to now, that season stays the one yr Brown has managed to succeed in the 30-goal plateau. Regardless of his private success, the rebuilding Kings missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fifth-straight yr.

2008–09 season

The Kings named Brown the thirteenth captain in staff historical past on October 8, 2008, simply after the beginning of the 2008–09 season.[12] Brown’s appointment stuffed the emptiness created when prior captain Rob Blake left the Kings in free company to signal with the San Jose Sharks on July 3, 2008. Simply 23 years outdated when he assumed the captaincy, Brown turned the youngest captain and the one American captain in Kings historical past.[12] Head coach Terry Murray pointed to Brown’s work ethic and dedication to the Kings to elucidate the choice, saying Brown “exhibits that he cares tremendously about this staff, about successful each night time. I simply need him to comply with via with that, and he’ll as a result of that is his persona. Simply preserve blazing that path, and gamers on the staff will comply with”.[12] Kings administration was impressed by Brown’s emergence as a vocal chief within the locker room, particularly after the departure of veteran presences Mattias Norström and Rob Blake.[13] On the ice, Brown’s numbers dipped barely from 2007–08, partly due to an 8.2{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} capturing proportion, his lowest since his rookie season. Nonetheless, his 292 photographs led the staff, and his 24 objectives had been third. Brown was chosen to symbolize the Western Convention on the 2009 All-Star Sport. The Kings missed the playoffs for a franchise-worst sixth straight yr.

Brown screens goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff in the course of the 2010–11 season

2009–10 season

Brown once more posted stable numbers in 2009–10, enjoying a full 82 video games for the primary time and registering 24 objectives and a career-high 32 assists. He scored his a hundredth NHL aim on January 14, 2010, in opposition to the Anaheim Geese.[14] With Brown main a quickly bettering younger core that included heart Anže Kopitar, defenseman Drew Doughty and goaltender Jonathan Fast, the Kings lastly snapped the six-year playoff drought. Brown had one aim and 4 assists in six video games because the Kings misplaced within the first spherical of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs to the Vancouver Canucks.

2010–11 season

Brown and the Kings entered the 2010–11 season with greater expectations. Brown once more performed all 82 video games and scored 28 objectives. Anže Kopitar’s late season ankle harm compelled the Kings to accept a seventh-seeded end within the Western Convention and a matchup with the San Jose Sharks. The Kings misplaced in six video games for the second straight yr, with Brown recording two factors within the sequence, no factors within the final three video games.

2011–12 season and first Stanley Cup

Brown started the 2011–12 season on a line with newly acquired heart Mike Richards, however was shuffled all through the lineup for many of the season. He maintained his constant manufacturing, topping 20 objectives and 50 factors for the fifth-straight yr. Nonetheless, together with the remainder of the Kings, he struggled to attain within the first half of the season. Head coach Terry Murray was fired halfway via the season, and because the Kings fell additional out of the playoff image, they had been rumored to be listening to commerce affords for Brown. New head coach Darryl Sutter known as the Brown-Kopitar tandem “stale” and mentioned Brown was not enjoying the “straight-line, up-and-down, go-to-the-net, shoot-the-puck, run-over-people” fashion Brown wanted to be efficient.[15] Brown’s scoring tempo picked up amidst the commerce rumors, and he scored three objectives and an help within the final sport earlier than the NHL commerce deadline, a 4–0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.[16] The Kings retained Brown, who responded with 11 factors within the 9 video games following the commerce deadline. Brown later mentioned he was enjoying with “a chip on his shoulder” and “whether or not these rumors are true or not, they’re nonetheless on the market, it offers you possibly a bit extra motivation”.[17] With Brown producing and the trade-deadline acquisition of Jeff Carter, the Kings had been one of many highest-scoring NHL groups down the stretch and made the playoffs as an eighth seed. After shifting up-and-down the lineup for many of the yr, Brown discovered stability enjoying on the primary line with Anže Kopitar and Justin Williams. That line would stay intact all through the whole 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Brown hoisting the Stanley Cup on the Kings’ 2012 championship parade

Brown recorded 4 objectives and one help within the first spherical in opposition to the first-seeded Vancouver Canucks, together with two shorthanded objectives in a 4–2 Sport 2 win. Brown is the primary and solely participant as of 2021 with two shorthanded objectives in a playoff sport. In Sport 3, he delivered a devastating open-ice verify to Canucks captain Henrik Sedin straight in entrance of the Canucks’ bench. The hit left Sedin dazed on the ice for a number of seconds. Brown later scored the game-winning aim within the third interval. Many observers, together with TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sports activities Illustrated’ Michael Farber, known as the hit the decisive second within the sequence.[5][18][19] The Kings upset the closely favored Canucks in 5 video games, after which recorded the primary sweep in franchise historical past over the St. Louis Blues. Brown registered two objectives and 4 assists within the sequence. Each of his objectives got here within the decisive Sport 4, a 3–1 Kings victory.

The Kings then beat the Phoenix Coyotes in 5 video games within the Western Convention Finals. Brown scored the game-winning aim in Sport 1 of that sequence and didn’t rating once more till Sport 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Last in opposition to the New Jersey Devils, though he did handle 5 assists in that span. After being benched for the ultimate minutes of a Sport 5 loss,[20] Brown produced three factors in Sport 6 to safe the Kings’ first-ever Stanley Cup. He scored the primary of three objectives on a five-minute energy play, and shortly afterwards, fired a shot that Jeff Carter deflected into the web for the eventual Cup-winning aim. Later, he assisted on one other Carter aim.[21] The Kings defeated the Devils 6–1, making Brown the second American-born captain to steer a staff to a Stanley Cup championship and the Kings the second California-based staff to win the Stanley Cup. With 8 objectives and 12 assists in 20 video games, Brown tied teammate Anže Kopitar for the lead in total playoff level whole.

On July 28, 2012, Brown had his “Day with the Cup”. Every year after a staff has received the Stanley Cup, gamers, entrance workplace and hockey operation workers every get a day with the Stanley Cup. Brown hinted on the Tonight Present with Jay Leno he would convey the Cup again dwelling. He did simply that, bringing it to Ithaca Excessive College in late July.[22]

2012–13 season

Throughout the lockout-shortened season, Brown completed with 18 objectives and 29 factors in 46 video games. The Kings reached the Western Convention Finals for a second-straight yr, however fell in 5 video games to the Blackhawks.[23]

2013–14 season and second Stanley Cup

On July 18, 2013, the Kings signed Brown to an eight-year, $47 million contract extension.[24] Within the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, Brown led the Kings to a different Stanley Cup title,[25] regardless of going through some criticism for extra muted contributions on the staff’s run to the title.[26][27] Within the Finals in opposition to the New York Rangers, Brown scored the time beyond regulation winner in Sport 2 to provide the Kings a 5–4 victory and a 2–0 sequence lead, and he scored once more in the course of the Kings’ 2–1 loss in Sport 4.

On the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Brown was awarded the Mark Messier Management Award “in recognition of his dedication and repair to charities in his group”.[28]

Later years

Following back-to-back seasons of scoring lower than 30 factors, Brown was changed because the Kings captain by Anže Kopitar on June 16, 2016.[29] Talking on the choice to have his captaincy stripped, Brown acknowledged, “I perceive the choice and I respect the choice. A part of my downside was the way it was dealt with. It simply put me in a clumsy spot.”[30]

The 2017–18 season marked a resurgence for Brown. After incomes 36 factors the season prior, Brown managed 28 objectives and a career-high 61 factors. On December 21, 2017, Brown performed in his 1,000th profession NHL sport.[31] The Kings defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2–1 in time beyond regulation, the place Brown scored the game-winning aim.[32] On April 5, 2018, Brown scored 4 objectives, together with the time beyond regulation winner, in opposition to the Minnesota Wild.[33]

Worldwide play

Brown on the 2008 IIHF World Championship

Brown has performed for america in a number of worldwide tournaments. Throughout the World Championship match of 2008, Brown acquired destructive consideration for a controversial hit that made contact with the pinnacle of Finnish participant Jussi Jokinen as the ultimate horn sounded.[34]

Brown was named an alternate captain of america on the 2010 Winter Olympics and once more in 2014.[35]

Fashion of play

Brown is thought for his bodily, north–south fashion of sport.[5] Brown considers himself a clear hitter: after a controversial hit on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsíval within the 2012 Western Convention Finals, Brown defended himself by saying, “I take satisfaction in enjoying the sport clear and laborious. There are going to be hits which can be unlucky however nonetheless clear.”[36] Brown had by no means been issued a effective or suspension from the NHL Division of Participant Security till April 24, 2013, when he acquired two-game suspension for an unlawful elbow to the pinnacle of Minnesota Wild ahead Jason Pominville on April 23, 2013. Brown’s former teammate Rob Blake mentioned Brown “comes at guys straight on, face-to-face. He goes proper via guys.”[5] Regardless of his aggressive fashion, Brown has not missed a sport resulting from harm in 4 seasons. Brown is without doubt one of the handiest NHL gamers at drawing penalties, having led the NHL in that class in 5 of seven post-lockout seasons.[4][37] Brown’s unparalleled success in that space has led a number of commentators, together with ex-NHL referee Kerry Fraser, to say that Brown has acquired a repute for embellishing infractions as a way to draw penalties.[38] Past his physicality and agitation, Brown has supplied a constant offensive risk for the Kings, scoring at the very least 22 objectives 5 consecutive years. Brown performs an efficient two-way sport and has matured into an elite defensive and penalty-killing ahead.[39]

Private life

Brown has three sons, Jake, Mason and Cooper, and one daughter, Mackenzie, along with his spouse Nicole[40] and lives in Manhattan Seaside, California. Brown had a speech obstacle early in his profession, which he acquired remedy for earlier than his skilled profession.[41] He’s closely concerned in charity work within the Higher Los Angeles Space[42] and was awarded the 2011 NHL Basis Participant Award for his group efforts and involvement.[43]

Profession statistics

Common season and playoffs

Daring signifies led league

Common season Playoffs
Season Crew League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Ithaca Excessive College HS-NY 18 4 13 17
1999–00 Ithaca Excessive College HS-NY 24 33 21 53
2000–01 Guelph Storm OHL 53 23 22 45 50 4 0 0 0 10
2001–02 Guelph Storm OHL 63 41 32 73 56 9 8 5 13 14
2002–03 Guelph Storm OHL 58 34 42 76 89 11 7 8 15 6
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 31 1 4 5 16
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 79 29 45 74 96 6 5 2 7 10
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 14 14 28 80
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 17 29 46 54
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 33 27 60 55
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 24 29 53 64
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 24 32 56 41 6 1 4 5 6
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 28 29 57 67 6 1 1 2 6
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 22 32 54 53 20 8 12 20 34
2012–13 ZSC Lions NLA 16 8 5 13 26
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 46 18 11 29 22 18 3 1 4 8
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 15 12 27 66 26 6 8 14 22
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 11 16 27 26
2015–16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 11 17 28 30 5 0 1 1 4
2016–17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 14 22 36 22
2017–18 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 28 33 61 58 4 0 1 1 4
2018–19 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 22 29 51 24
2019–20 Los Angeles Kings NHL 66 17 18 35 22
2020–21 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 17 14 31 18
NHL totals 1,232 316 368 684 718 85 19 28 47 84


Yr Crew Occasion Consequence GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States WJC fifth 7 1 3 4 10
2003 United States WJC 4th 7 2 2 4 10
2004 United States WC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 9 1 3 4 4
2006 United States WC seventh 7 5 2 7 10
2008 United States WC sixth 7 5 4 9 22
2009 United States WC 4th 9 3 5 8 8
2010 United States OG 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 0
2014 United States OG 4th 6 2 1 3 4
Junior totals 14 3 5 8 20
Senior totals 44 16 15 31 48

Awards and honours

Award Yr
All-Rookie Crew 2001
CHL Scholastic Participant of the Yr 2003
All-Star Sport 2009
Basis Participant Award 2011
Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings) 2012, 2014
Mark Messier Management Award 2014

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Denis Grebeshkov
Los Angeles Kings first spherical draft decide
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Brian Boyle
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Rob Blake
Los Angeles Kings captain
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Anže Kopitar

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