November 4, 1984 |
Ithaca, NY, USA
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)|
|NHL team||Los Angeles Kings|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||13th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Dustin Cole 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 Stanley Cup Finals, where 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 hits3 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.
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.
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
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 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 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.51819 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.
On July 18, 2013, the Kings signed Brown to an eight-year, $47 million contract extension.22
Brown at the 2008 IIHF World Championship
|Competitor for United States|
|Bronze||2004 Prague||Ice hockey|
Played for the United States in:
- 2002 World Junior Championships
- 2003 World Junior Championships
- 2004 World Championships
- 2006 World Championships
- 2008 World Championships
- 2009 World Championships
- 2010 Winter Olympics
- 2014 Winter Olympics
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.23
Brown was named an alternate captain of Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics and again in 2014.24
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."25 Brown had never been issued a fine or suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety until April 24th, 2013, when he received 2-game suspension for an illegal elbow to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville on April 23rd, 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.426 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.27 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.28
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 speaks with a slight lisp; former teammate Sean Avery would mock Brown's speech impediment, a situation Ian Laperriere called "the kind of bullying you might see in high school."29 Rob Blake, among others, said Avery's departure in 2007 contributed to Brown's emergence as an effective player and team leader. Brown is heavily involved in charity work in the LA area and was awarded the 2011 NHL Foundation Player Award for his efforts.
|2003–04||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||31||1||4||5||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||46||18||11||29||22||18||3||1||4||8|
|Junior int'l totals||14||3||5||8||20|
|Senior int'l totals||38||14||14||28||44|
- Stanley Cup 2012 winner with the Los Angeles Kings as team captain
- NHL Foundation Player Award (2010–11 NHL season)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009)
- OHL All-Rookie Team (2001)
- CHL Scholastic Player of the Year (2003)
- Dustin Brown Official Player Page at LAKings.com
- Klein, Jeff (June 11, 2012). "Kings Capture Cup With Early Outburst". New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- "2011–2012 – Regular Season – Skater – Real-Time Stats – Hits". NHL.com. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
- Hawerchuk (January 14, 2012). "Penalties Drawn aka "Stats the NHL ought to Keep". Arctic Ice Hockey. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
- Farber, Michael (April 30, 2012). "The Face Of The Playoffs". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
- Lawrence, Steve (June 11, 2012). "Ithaca’s Dustin Brown becomes second U.S.-born captain to win Stanley Cup". Ithaca.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- "2003–2004 – Regular Season – Los Angeles Kings – Skater – Time On Ice – Time On Ice Per Game". NHL.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Stevens, Jim (June 2008). "Speak Softly, But Deliver a Big Hit". USA Hockey Magazine. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Kings Re-Sign Dustin Brown And Tim Gleason". Los Angeles Kings Press Release. September 17, 2006. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "2006–2007 – Regular Season – Los Angeles Kings – Skater – Time On Ice – Time On Ice Per Game". NHL.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Dillman, Lisa (October 27, 2007). "Brown Gets A Six-Year Extension". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 8, 2008.
- "Kings Announce Team Captains" (Press release). Los Angeles Kings. October 8, 2008. Retrieved October 8, 2008.
- "Captain Brown Feature" (Press release). Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings – Recap – January 14, 2010". Sports.espn.go.com. ESPN. January 14, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- Halford, Mike (February 21, 2012). "Sutter Calls Out Brown, Kopitar". ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Elliott, Helene (February 25, 2012). "Dustin Brown's hat trick powers Kings to 4-0 win over Blackhawks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- Lebrun, Pierre (June 4, 2012). "Dustin Brown Turns It Around". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- McKenzie, Bob (April 16, 2012). "Brown sets the tone for Kings with hit, goal". TSN. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Kuzma, Ben (April 16, 2012). "Dustin Brown hit on Canucks' Henrik Sedin was game changer". The Province. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- O'Brien, James (June 9, 2012). "Kings kept Dustin Brown on bench for Game 5's final minutes". ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Masisak, Corey (June 11, 2012). "Kings Rout Devils 6–1 to win first Cup". NHL.com. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- "Kings continue to keep Stanley Cup core in tact, sign Brown to 8-year extension". Edmonton Journal. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- "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.
- Elliott, Helene (January 11, 2010). "Kings' Dustin Brown named alternate captain of U.S. olympic team". LA Times. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- D'Hippolito, Joseph (May 27, 2012). "Sticking Around, Showing the Way". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Wagner, Daniel (March 27, 2012). "Penalty Plus/Minus: End of Season Update". Backhand Shelf. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Fraser, Kerry (May 18, 2012). "How to deal with players who dive to draw penalties". TSN. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Vollman, Robert (May 11, 2012). "Howe and Why: Selke Selection". Hockey Prospectus. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- "Sean Avery used to mock Dustin Brown about his lisp and wife".
- Dustin Brown's player profile at NHL.com
- Los Angeles Kings bio
- Dustin Brown's player profile at TSN.ca
- Dustin Brown's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Dustin Brown's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Dustin Brown's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Dustin Brown at Hockey-Reference.com
- Dustin Brown on Twitter
|Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
|Los Angeles Kings captain