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Dustin Brown to retire after 18 seasons with Los Angeles Kings

Associated PressEL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown will retire after this season, his 18th with the club.

He made the announcement Thursday ahead of the Kings' regular-season finale. Los Angeles will face Edmonton in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.


Brown, 37, has played in a franchise record 1,295 regular-season games during his 18 seasons as a physical two-way forward for the Kings. The upstate New York native was a first-round draft pick in 2003. He spent eight seasons as Los Angeles' captain, raising the Stanley Cup first after both of the team's championships in 2012 and 2014.

Brown has 325 goals and 387 assists in his career. He has nine goals and 19 assists in 63 games this season for Los Angeles.


Brown is one of the four remaining members of the Kings' championship teams, along with goalie Jonathan Quick, defenseman Drew Doughty and captain Anze Kopitar.

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In his prime, Brown was definitely one of those types of players you wanted on your team because he basically did it all:
Skates, scores, sets up, hits, roughhouse, and most definitely agitates with his penchant for getting under the skin of opponents with his edgy play.

I had been wondering the last two seasons or so, where that Dustin Brown had gotten to.
Seemed he was just your run of the mill, average skating body out there.

Body worn down? Fire to stir the pot has died down?
At 37, he has done his part for the Kings which of course, includes their two Cups, so perhaps this is just as good a time as any for him to call it a career.

A bit strange though, that he would announce that right before a big series against the likes of Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
Strange because, if the Kings don't do well, and he is invisible (frankly, like he has been recently), people will say he was just going through the motions or even that he doesn't care anymore because he already knows he will be retiring afterwards.

I dunno. Maybe just overthinking it, but I would have thought making an announcement like that AFTER a playoff series loss would have been better.
One would think, if this is to be his final hurrah, he'd want to go all in and see just how far he can help push these Kings.

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Longtime Los Angeles Kings forward (and sometimes-captain) Dustin Brown announced that he’ll retire at the end of this season.


Kings fans don’t need to wave goodbye right away, mind you. Brown and the Kings are locked into a first-round series with the Edmonton Oilers, and perhaps this team and its former captain have one more big run in them?


Of course, a short run wouldn’t diminish an outstanding Kings career for Dustin Brown.


Brown, 37, was a major contributor to two Kings Stanley Cup victories, and ranks among the franchise leaders in several significant categories:

Dustin Brown is top ten in every major category in LA Kings history.

– 1295 games played (1st)
– 325 goals (6th)
– 387 assists (8th)
– 712 points (7th)
– 2-time Stanley Cup Winner
– 2009 All-Star
– 2013-14 Mark Messier Leadership Award Winner

Thank You Dustin!#GoKingsGo

— Russell Morgan (@NHLRussell) April 28, 2022


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