February 11, 2023 will be a special day. Dustin Brown played his whole career for a single team, and they will honor their former captain by making him the seventh player to have his jersey retired and the tenth LA sports icon to have their statue unveiled outside of Crypt.com Arena.

According to Sportsnet, Brown had this to say:

“Having my number retired is something I never imagined and is a humbling honour, I am incredibly proud that I played for the LA Kings my entire career. With my number going to the rafters, I am honoured to be amongst the King Greats, but it makes me think of the two banners already in the rafters, of which I am most proud. It took numerous people to raise those two banners; the same is true for this one. Thank you to all who have helped me achieve my dreams.”

A Career Retrospective

Dustin Brown had a long career and was a very good player for a long time.

Graphic courtesy of Twitter @JFreshHockey

Dustin Brown announced his retirement at the end of the 2021-22 season. He was drafted 13th overall in the 2003 NHL entry draft. Brown played 1296 games scoring 712 points (325 goals, 387 assists) and 738 PIM, all for the LA kings. He also played in 82 playoff games, where he scored 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) and 84 PIM.

The former NHL all-star was named the captain of the LA Kings prior to the 2008/09 season. He was the youngest player at 23 years old and the first American to ever become captain of the LA Kings. Brown captained the LA Kings to two Stanley Cups, the first in 2012 and the second in 2014. In between winning the Stanley Cups and in one of his final seasons (2013/14) as captain, Brown won the Mark Messier leadership award. Anze Kopitar took over the captaincy when Brown was stripped of it at the end of the 2015/16 season.

Brown was an alternate captain of Team USA Hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and won a silver medal. He represented the United States at three World Championships and two World Junior Championships. He was part of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Feb 11th Should be Brown Day

The only players to have their names hung in the rafters of the Crypto.com Arena are Vachon (30), Dionne (16), Taylor (18), Gretzky (99), Robitaille (20), and Blake (4), but that changes on February 11th, 2023 when Brown’s number 23 joins them. Brown will be the seventh player to have his number retired by the Kings.  Brown’s statue will be the tenth to stand outside Crypto.com Arena. It’s going to join other Los Angeles sports royalty like Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Philosophy and a Masters of Education in Teaching English as a Global Language.

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