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Anze Kopitar Named Captain Of The Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has assumed the role as the team’s new captain, Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Kopitar inherits the role from Dustin Brown, who has served as the club’s captain since 2008.  He becomes the 14th different captain in Kings history. 

Kopitar is set to begin his 11th season with the Kings, and he’s served as an assistant captain for the team since 2008.  This past season, he led the Kings in scoring for a record-setting ninth consecutive season, totaling 74 points (25-49=74) in 81 regular season games.  He added an additional four points (2-2=4) in five post-season games during the recently completed 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Kopitar signed an eight-year contract extension with the Kings on January 16, 2016.  The contract extension begins with the 2016-17 season and runs through the 2023-24 season.  Kopitar is a two-time Stanley Cup winner (2012 and 2014), and he ranks sixth on the Kings career scoring list with 684 points (243-441=684) in 764 career regular season games.  On the Kings career post-season scoring list, Kopitar ranks third all-time with 64 points (20-44=64) in 75 career post-season games.  Kopitar is a 28-year-old native of Jesenice, Slovenia.  He was drafted by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and he made his Kings/NHL debut during the 2006-07 season.

Brown, who in 2012 became just the second American-born captain to hoist the Stanley Cup while sharing the playoff scoring lead with Kopitar (each had 8-12=20 in 20 post-season games), is also a two-time Cup winner.  He’s spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, totaling 470 points (218-252=470) in 884 career regular season games (ranks fourth all-time for games played, regular season), and an additional 46 points (19-27=46) in 81 career post-season games (tied for third all-time for games played, postseason).  Brown, a 31-year-old native of Ithaca, New York, was drafted by the Kings in the first-round (13th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and he made his Kings/NHL debut during the 2003-04 season. 

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SYF's avatar

Not quite surprising.  Was fully expecting Doughty to take the “C.”

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/16/16 at 02:16 PM ET

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Brown is going to look great with the C on his chest in Vegas.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/16/16 at 02:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

True, and so would Errorson’s and that’s not gonna happen.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/16/16 at 02:31 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Brown is going to look great with the C on his chest in Vegas.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/16/16 at 02:24 PM ET

If only.

Character guy with the hustle yada yada but nobody’s going to pay ~$6MM / yr though 2022 for a sub-3rd liner

Maybe a retained salary trade if Deano can swing something moderately palatable; otherwise it’s fingers crossed, hoping he can elevate his game and score 12-15 goals along with 20 assists.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/16/16 at 04:27 PM ET

Dakkster's avatar

Press release text, right? I wonder how many writers are clueless about it being called alternate captain and not assistant captain.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 06/16/16 at 05:07 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Seems like a good choice for the Kings. grin

Posted by bigfrog on 06/16/16 at 07:46 PM ET

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