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Video- Dustin Brown Leaves The Ice In His Last Regular Season Game

Brown will hold a press conference today at 2:30pm ET to announce he is retiring after the season ends.

 

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LOS ANGELES (April 29, 2022) – Dustin Brown, who yesterday announced his NHL retirement following the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, finishes his regular-season career with a franchise record 1,296 games played, the sixth-most ever by an American-born player. The only Kings player in history to skate 18 seasons with the organization, the two-time Stanley Cup champion compiled 712 points (325-387=712) and an NHL record 3,632 hits (since the statistic was added in 2005-06).

The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin next week when the Kings face the Edmonton Oilers, will mark Brown’s eighth and final appearance in the postseason. In 85 playoff games, he has tallied 47 points (19-28=47) and, as captain in 2012, became the first-ever player in LA Kings history and second-ever American-born captain to hoist the Stanley Cup when the Kings won Game 6 over the New Jersey Devils on home ice at Staples Center on June 11, 2012.

Brown, 37, will retire ranking top ten in nearly every major regular-season category in franchise history, including seasons played (1st; 18), games played (1st; 1,296), goals (6th; 325), powerplay goals (4th; 105), game-winning goals (6th; 42), overtime goals (2nd; 9), assists (8th; 387), and points (7th; 712). He is also one of two players (Joe Nieuwendyk) in NHL history to score at least one goal in his 1,000th, 1,100th and 1,200th career regular-season games, and the only player in NHL history to do so with the same franchise. 

A seven-time 20-goal scorer, Brown tallied a career-high 33 goals in 2007-08 and 10 years later established a career-best 61 points (28-33=61) in 2017-18, one of seven times in which he surpassed 50 points in a single season. Over his 18 NHL seasons, he led the Kings in goals scored four times (including last season with 17), finished top-three in goals scored on 10 occasions, and ranked top-five in team scoring 11 different times.

In franchise playoff history, Brown ranks third in games played (85), eighth in goals (19), tied for second in game-winning goals (5), tied for seventh in assists (28), tied for first in shorthanded goals (2) and tied for fourth in plus/minus (14). Additionally, his two shorthanded goals against the Vancouver Canucks on April 13, 2012, tied an NHL record for most shorthanded goals by a single player in an NHL playoff game.

During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Brown’s 20 points (8-12=20) and +16 plus/minus tied teammate Anze Kopitar for the league lead as the two guided the Kings to the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Two years later, he registered 14 points (6-8=14) in 26 games to help the Kings capture the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years. Between the team’s two Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014, Brown’s combined 34 points (14-20=34) in 46 games tied teammate Drew Doughty for fourth-most among all Kings skaters.

Selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Brown made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2003. At 18 yrs., 339 days old, he was the then-eight-youngest player to make their debut in franchise history. In his fifth NHL season, he was named captain, becoming the youngest captain and first American-born captain in franchise history at 23 years old.

Over his eight seasons as captain, Brown and the Kings qualified for the playoffs six times, including five-straight seasons (2009-14) and a three-year stretch (2012-14) in which the Kings claimed two Stanley Cups (2012, 2014) and reached the Western Conference Final (2013).

An NHL All-Star Game participant in 2009, Brown was recognized in 2011 with the NHL Foundation Player Award for his community efforts and involvement, particularly in the Greater Los Angeles area, and in 2014 was awarded the Mark Messier Leadership Award for his leadership both on- and off-the-ice. Within the Kings organization, Brown was named the Bill Libby Memorial Award Most Valuable Player twice (2008-09, 2018-19), Most Popular Player on five occasions (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2017-18), Most Inspirational Player three times (2007-08, 2017-18, 2018-19), and the Jim Fox Community Service Award recipient three different seasons (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11).

A native of Ithaca, New York, Brown represented the United States in eight international tournaments, including two Olympic Winter Games (2010 - silver, 2014), four IIHF Men’s World Championships (2004 – bronze medal, 2006, 2008, 2009), and two IIHF World Junior Championships (2002, 2003). At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, he served as an alternate captain for the silver medal-winning U.S. roster before again fulfilling the role in 2014. Prior to that, he captained the U.S. to a fourth-place finish at the 2009 IIHF Men’s World Championship. In 44 appearances donning the U.S. crest, Brown tallied 31 points (16-15=31).

Prior to his professional career, Brown spent three seasons (2000-03) with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Guelph Storm. In 174 appearances, he registered 194 points with 98 goals and 96 assists. He also registered 28 points (15-13=28) in 24 playoff appearances. A three-time OHL Scholastic Player of the Year award recipient, he finished as the team’s leading scorer in 2002-03 with 76 points (34-42=76) in 58 games and also earned OHL First All-Rookie Team honors in 2000-01. Before Guelph, he spent two seasons with Ithaca High School, registering 71 points (37-34=71) in 42 games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/29/22 at 03:48 PM ET

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