American power forward Dustin Brown, who captained the Los Angeles Kings to two Stanley Cup titles, tonight formally ended his nineteen year hockey career at the age of 37, following the Kings’ elimination from the NHL playoffs at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers.
The 13th overall pick of the Kings in the 2003 NHL Draft (just six picks ahead of longtime rival and fellow recent retiree Ryan Getzlaf), Brown would spend his entire career in Los Angeles, joining the team full-time in 2005. A one-time NHL All-Star in 2009, Brown spent eight of his eighteen seasons with the Kings as team captain, leading the franchise to their first two Stanley Cups, in both 2012 and 2014, leading the playoffs in points in the former. Brown would win the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2014, retiring with 325 goals and 712 points in 1,296 career games, along with 19 goals and 49 points in 91 career playoff games.
A native of Ithaca, New York, Brown first joined Team USA at the 2002 World Junior Championships, returning again in 2003. He joined the senior squad at the 2004 World Championship, capturing Bronze in his first of four appearances (2004, 2006, 2008-09). Brown graduated to the Olympic Team at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Games, winning Silver at the former, and the latter serving as his final international appearance.
Despite his international success, Brown’s playoff prowess meant he just captured one IHLC title in his career, during the 2004 World Championship in Czechia. We wish Dustin and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!