Dustin Brown

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Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown.jpg
Born(1984-11-04) November 4, 1984 (age 29)
Ithaca, NY, USA
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
NHL teamLos Angeles Kings
National team United States
NHL Draft13th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career2003–present
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Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown.jpg
Born(1984-11-04) November 4, 1984 (age 29)
Ithaca, NY, USA
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
NHL teamLos Angeles Kings
National team United States
NHL Draft13th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career2003–present

Dustin Brown (born November 4, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who serves as captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he moved to the ZSC Lions, the hockey team from Zürich. The thirteenth overall pick of the 2003 NHL Draft, he has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Kings. Brown led the Kings to the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup championships. In 2012 he became the first Kings captain and second American captain to win the Stanley Cup with a six-game victory over the New Jersey Devils.[2] He is noted for his physical playing style, consistently ranking among the league leaders in hits[3] and penalties drawn,[4] and his reserved, lead-by-example approach to his captaincy.[5] Internationally, Brown has represented the United States at three World Championships, winning a bronze medal in 2004, and two World Junior Championships. He won a silver medal as an alternate captain of the United States national hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Brown received the 2011 NHL Foundation Player Award for his extensive charity work in the Los Angeles community.

Playing career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

After playing hockey at Ithaca High School for two years, Brown left his hometown to play junior hockey at age sixteen.[6] He was drafted in second round, 26th overall by the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection. Brown played three seasons for Guelph and scored 194 points in 174 games. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, thirteenth overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Los Angeles Kings[edit]


Brown signed a three-year entry level contract with the Kings and made the Kings' 2003-04 team out of training camp. His first NHL game was October 9, 2003 against the Detroit Red Wings. Brown saw fourth-line ice time in his rookie year,[7] and he managed just one goal and five points in 31 games before his season was cut short by a high ankle sprain. Nonetheless, Brown's physicality made a favorable impression with the Kings' coaching staff.[8]

Lockout, and a role change[edit]

The following season was cancelled due to the NHL lockout. Brown was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' AHL affiliate, in order to develop his offensive game. Brown performed well in Manchester, averaging nearly a point per game and readying himself for an expanded NHL role.

With the lockout over, and NHL play resuming in 2005-06, Brown cemented his place on the team. As a 21-year-old checking forward, he managed 28 points in 79 games. More impressively, he led the team and ranked thirteenth in the NHL with 175 hits, and he drew the second most penalties in the league despite his limited ice time. A restricted free agent at the end of the year, Brown signed a two-year contract before the start of the 2006-07 season.[9]

Brown's third season saw an expansion in his role, as he was placed on the top line with star rookie center Anze Kopitar. The two young forwards became frequent line mates, as Brown's hitting abilities and willingness to shoot complemented Kopitar's dynamic passing and puck possession skills. Receiving the third-most ice time among Kings forwards, Brown responded with career highs of 17 goals and 46 points in 81 games. Brown also received the most short-handed ice time among Kings forwards, a sign of his growing defensive reliability.[10] Brown finished second in the NHL in hits, the first of six consecutive years that he ranked top three in the NHL in that category.[3]

On October 26, 2007, shortly after the start of the 2007-08 season, the Kings and Brown agreed to a six-year, $19.05 million contract extension that ran through the 2013–2014 NHL season.[11] The contract was signed a full year before Brown hit restricted free agency, partially because young forwards Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres had just received lucrative offer sheets in restricted free agency, and the Kings did not want Brown to get one.[11] Brown produced his best offensive season that year. Continuing to play top-line minutes with Kopitar, he recorded 33 goals and 60 points. That season is the only year Brown has managed to crack the 30-goal or 60-point barriers. Despite Brown's personal success, the rebuilding Kings missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year.


The Kings named Brown the 15th captain in team history on October 8, 2008, just after the start of the 2008-09 season.[12] Brown's appointment filled the vacancy created when prior captain Rob Blake left the Kings in free agency to sign with the San Jose Sharks on July 3, 2008. Just 23 years old when he assumed the captaincy, Brown became the youngest captain and the only American captain in Kings history.[12] Coach Terry Murray pointed to Brown's work ethic and commitment to the Kings to explain the decision, saying Brown "shows that he cares tremendously about this team, about winning every night. I just want him to follow through with that, and he will because that's his personality. Just keep blazing that trail, and players on the team will follow."[12] Kings management was impressed by Brown's emergence as a vocal leader in the locker room, especially after the departure of veteran presences Mattias Norstrom and Rob Blake.[13] On the ice, Brown's numbers dipped slightly from 2007–08, in part because of an 8.2% shooting percentage, his lowest since his rookie season. His 292 shots led the team, however, and his 24 goals were third. Brown was chosen to represent the Western Conference at the 2009 All-Star Game. The Kings missed the playoffs for a franchise-worst sixth straight year.

Brown screens goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff during the 2010-11 season

Brown again posted solid numbers in 2009-10, playing a full 82 games for the first time and registering 24 goals and a career-high 32 assists. He scored his 100th NHL goal on January 14, 2010 against the Anaheim Ducks.[14] With Brown leading a rapidly improving young core that included center Anze Kopitar, defenceman Drew Doughty and goaltender Jonathan Quick, the Kings finally snapped the six-year playoff drought. Brown had one goal and four assists in six games as the Kings lost in the first round to the Vancouver Canucks.

Brown and the Kings entered the 2010-11 season with higher expectations. Brown again played all 82 games and scored 28 goals. Anze Kopitar's late season ankle injury forced the Kings to settle for a seventh seed and a matchup with the San Jose Sharks. The Kings lost in six games for the second straight year, with Brown recording two points in the series, and no points in the last three games.

Brown began the 2011-12 season on a line with newly acquired center Mike Richards but was shuffled throughout the lineup for most of the season. He maintained his consistent production, topping 20 goals and 50 points for the fifth straight year. Along with the rest of the Kings, however, he struggled to score in the first half of the season. Head coach Terry Murray was fired midway through the season, and as the Kings fell further out of the playoff picture they were rumored to be listening to trade offers for Brown. New coach Darryl Sutter called the Brown-Kopitar tandem "stale" and said Brown was not playing the "straight-line, up-and-down, go-to-the-net, shoot-the-puck, run-over-people" style Brown needed to be effective.[15] Brown's scoring pace picked up amidst the trade rumors, and he scored three goals and an assist in the last game before the trade deadline, a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.[16] The Kings held on to Brown, who responded with 11 points in the 9 games following the trade deadline. Brown later said that he was playing with "a chip on his shoulder" and "whether those rumors are true or not, they're still out there, it gives you maybe a bit more motivation."[17] With Brown producing and the trade-deadline acquisition of Jeff Carter, the Kings were one of the highest-scoring NHL teams down the stretch and made the playoffs as an eighth seed. After moving up and down the lineup for most of the year, Brown found stability playing on the first line with Anže Kopitar and Justin Williams. That line would remain intact throughout the entire 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Brown hoisting the Stanley Cup at the Kings' championship parade

Brown recorded four goals and one assist in the first round against the first-seeded Vancouver Canucks, including two shorthanded goals in a 4-2 Game 2 win. In Game 3, he delivered a devastating open-ice check to Canucks captain Henrik Sedin directly in front of the Canucks bench. The hit left Sedin dazed on the ice for several seconds. Brown later scored the game-winning goal in the third period. Many observers, including TSN's Bob McKenzie and SI's Michael Farber, called the hit the decisive moment in the series.[5][18][19] The Kings upset the heavily favored Canucks in five games, and then recorded the first sweep in franchise history over the St. Louis Blues. Brown registered two goals and four assists in the series. Both of his goals came in the decisive Game 4, a 3-1 Kings victory.

The Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes in five games in the Western Conference Finals. Brown scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 of that series and did not score again until Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils, although he did manage five assists in that span. After getting benched for the final minutes of a Game 5 loss,[20] Brown produced three points in Game 6 to secure the Kings' first-ever Stanley Cup. He scored the first of three goals on a five-minute power play, and shortly afterwards fired a shot that Jeff Carter deflected into the net for the eventual Cup-winning goal. Later, he assisted on another Carter goal.[21] The Kings defeated the Devils 6-1, making Brown the second US-born captain to lead a team to a Stanley Cup championship and the Kings the second California-based team to win the Stanley Cup. With eight goals and 12 assists in 20 games, Brown tied teammate Anže Kopitar for the lead in overall playoff point total.

On July 28, 2012, Brown had his "Day with the Cup". Each year after a team has won the Stanley Cup, players, front office, and hockey operation staff each get a day with the Stanley Cup. Brown hinted on the Jay Leno show that he would bring the Cup back home. He did just that, bringing it to Ithaca High School in late July.[22]

On July 18, 2013, the Kings signed Brown to an eight-year, $47 million contract extension.[23] In the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, Brown led the Kings to another Stanley Cup title,[24] despite facing some criticism for more muted contributions on the team's run to the title.[25][26] In the Finals against the New York Rangers, Brown scored the overtime winner in Game Two to give the Kings a 5-4 victory and a 2-0 series lead, and he scored against during the Kings' 2-1 loss in Game 4.

Following the 2013-2014 season, Brown was awarded the Mark Messier Leadership Award "in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community."[27]

International play[edit]

Brown at the 2008 IIHF World Championship
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Silver2010 VancouverTournament
World Championships
Bronze2004 PragueIce hockey

Played for the United States in:

During the World Championship tournament of 2008, Dustin Brown received negative attention for a controversial hit that made contact with the head of Finnish player Jussi Jokinen as the final horn sounded.[28]

Brown was named an alternate captain of Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics and again in 2014.[29]

Style of play[edit]

Brown is known for his physical, north-south style of game.[5] Brown considers himself a clean hitter: after a controversial hit on Michal Rozsival in the 2012 Western Conference Finals, Brown defended himself by saying "I take pride in playing the game clean and hard. There are going to be hits that are unfortunate but still clean."[30] Brown had never been issued a fine or suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety until April 24, 2013, when he received 2-game suspension for an illegal elbow to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville on April 23, 2013. Rob Blake said Brown "comes at guys straight on, face-to-face. He goes right through guys."[5] Despite his aggressive style, Brown has not missed a game due to injury in four seasons. Brown is one of the most effective NHL players at drawing penalties, having led the league in that category in five of seven post-lockout seasons.[4][31] Brown's unparalleled success in that area has led several commentators, including ex-NHL referee Kerry Fraser, to say that Brown has acquired a reputation for embellishing infractions in order to draw penalties.[32] Beyond his physicality and agitation, Brown has provided a consistent offensive threat for the Kings, scoring at least 22 goals five consecutive years. Brown plays an effective two-way game and has matured into an elite defensive and penalty-killing forward.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Brown has three sons, Jake, Mason, and Cooper, as well as a daughter Mackenzie with his wife Nicole and lives in Manhattan Beach, California. Brown had a speech impediment early in his career, which he overcame years ago. Brown is heavily involved in charity work in the LA area and was awarded the 2011 NHL Foundation Player Award for his efforts.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
2000–01Guelph StormOHL5323224550400010
2001–02Guelph StormOHL63413273569851314
2002–03Guelph StormOHL58344276891178156
2003–04Los Angeles KingsNHL3114516
2004–05Manchester MonarchsAHL7929457496652710
2005–06Los Angeles KingsNHL7914142880
2006–07Los Angeles KingsNHL8117294654
2007–08Los Angeles KingsNHL7833276055
2008–09Los Angeles KingsNHL8024295364
2009–10Los Angeles KingsNHL822432564161456
2010–11Los Angeles KingsNHL822829576761126
2011–12Los Angeles KingsNHL8222325453208122034
2012–13ZSC LionsNLA16851326
2012–13Los Angeles KingsNHL4618112922183148
2013–14Los Angeles KingsNHL791512276626681422
NHL totals7201962194155187619264576


2002United StatesWJC5th713410
2003United StatesWJC4th722410
2004United StatesWC91344
2006United StatesWC7th752710
2008United StatesWC6th754922
2009United StatesWC4th93588
2010United StatesOly60000
2014United StatesOly4th62134
Junior totals1435820
Senior totals4416153148



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  28. ^ "Finland rallies for 3–2 victory at IIHF world hockey championship". The Canadian Press (National Hockey League (NHL)). May 11, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
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  33. ^ Vollman, Robert (May 11, 2012). "Howe and Why: Selke Selection". Hockey Prospectus. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Denis Grebeshkov
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Brian Boyle
Preceded by
Rob Blake
Los Angeles Kings captain