Some fun facts about Brown via nhl.com:
“Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption…Favorite TV show: Rescue Me…Favorite actor: Edward Norton…Favorite band: Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon…Favorite sport other than hockey: lacrosse…Favorite hockey player growing up: Peter Forsberg…Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii…First job: at a golf course…Wears jersey number because: last available number on high school team…Charities: supports KaBOOM!…Helps the environment by: carpooling…If not a hockey player he would be: teacher… Miscellaneous: better lacrosse player than hockey player growing up.”
Just like any hockey player, Brown’s dream was to raise the Stanley Cup. Let’s take a look at his young career thus far that led to the day his dream came true.
Brown played hockey in his hometown of Ithaca, NY, at Ithaca High School for two years. At the age of 16 he left his hometown to play junior hockey. Brown was drafted in the second round, 26th overall by the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League. Brown played three seasons for the Storm and scored 194 points in 174 games.
In the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Brown was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, 13th overall. He signed a three-year entry level contract with the Kings and made it to the teams 2003-04 training camp.
Brown played his first NHL game on October 9, 2003. He was on the fourth-line in his rookie year, accumulating just one goal and four assists in 31 games. His season was cut short by a high ankle sprain. Regardless, Brown's physical play made an impression with the Kings' coaching staff.
The following season, 2004-05 was canceled due to the NHL lockout. Brown was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings affiliate minor league team, to develop his offensive game, and he did.
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 2014–2015 NHL season.
Before the start of the following 2008-09 season, the Kings named Brown the 15th captain in team history on October 8, 2008, making him the youngest and only American-born captain in team history.
Brown led by example and built helped build a team that eventually made it to the Stanley Cup Final.
On June 11, 2012, the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1, in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals, on home ice, as Brown’s dream came true and he was the first King who raised the Stanley Cup. When NBC's Pierre McGuire asked him if he ever thought he might be lifting the Stanley Cup, Brown was honest,"It's why we f****** play," he said for the world to hear. That summer Brown was able to enjoy a day with the Stanley Cup. But due to a NHL Lockout, the Kings weren’t able to raise their banner until January 19, 2013.
In the summer of 2013, with one year remaining on his contract, the Kings signed Brown to an eight year contract extension, running through the 2021-22 season.
Brown is known for his physical style of game. Brown considers himself a clean hitter. He had never been issued a fine or suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety until April 24, 2013, when he received a two-game suspension for an illegal elbow to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville on April 23, 2013. Despite his physical style, Brown has not missed a game due to injury in four seasons.
The right wing has played 656 regular season games, accumulating 395 points (184G-211A), and 462 penalty minutes.
The right-hand shot has also played 50 post season games with the Kings, accumulating 31 points (13G-18A) and 54 penalty minutes.
The organization says amongst the franchise all-time leaders he ranks eighth in games played, 10th in goals, 17th in assists, 12th in points, seventh in power play goals (70) and tied for seventh in game-winning goals (25). In the postseason he ranks tied for seventh in games played, tied for eighth in goals, 13th in assists, tied for 11th in points, tied for fourth in plus-minus, tied for seventh in power play goals (five), tied for first in short-handed goals (two), and tied for fifth in game-winning goals (three). Brown has ranked between first, second and third from 2006-07 season through the 2011-12 season in the league with hits. In the 2012-13 season he was eighth.
Brown was also a 2009 NHL All-Star, a silver medalist with Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics, a member of Team USA at the World Championships four times, and the World Junior Championships twice .
The team captain has received the organizations Community Service Award several times, and was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2010-11. Brown has been the Kings Most Popular Player four times and Most Inspirational Player in 2007-08.
Brown has three sons, Jake, Mason, and Cooper, and his most recent addition, daughter Mackenzie, with his wife Nicole, they all live in Manhattan Beach, California.
Happy Birthday Dustin brown, to many more dreams coming true!
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