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Dustin Brown received a telephone call from Luc Robitaille on May 15, 2022, the day after his NHL job ended. The onward had announced his choice to retire, the Los Angeles Kings had lost to the Edmonton Oilers in seven video games in the Western Seminar Preliminary, and the Kings head of state intended to see him. When Brown reached his office, Robitaille told him Los Angeles would certainly retire his No. 23 and reveal a statuary of him before the arena. A statue?" I go, like, 'Luc, who has statuaries available?'" Brown said. "And he resembles, 'In basic? Or, like, hockey gamers?' 'Allow's simply begin with hockey players. ' He goes, 'Well, me and Wayne. '" Brown reminded Robitaille he was a tale. "Wayne" was Wayne Gretzky. " I just claimed, 'I'm not going to lie,'" Brown stated. "' I'm a little awkward. '" Robitaille advised Brown he had actually done something twice that Robitaille and Gretzky had not done once with the Kings: win the Stanley Cup. " Because moment," Brown said, "it felt excellent. " Brown had not been a generational talent. He was cut from a select team representing the state of New York at age 15, and after a fast rise as a prospect, he discovered he needed to make it in the pros with grit. Yet he spent his whole 18-season NHL occupation with one team and was Los Angeles' all-time leader in games played when he retired. He was captain from 2008-16, leading them to the Cup in 2012 and 2014. He received the Mark Messier Management Award after the second championship. He ranks seventh among United States-born players in NHL games played and was the 2nd American to captain a Mug champion, after defenseman Derian Hatcher of the Dallas Stars in 1999. He stood for the united state in the Olympics two times, the IIHF Globe Champion four times and the IIHF World Junior Champion twice, winning silver in 2010 and bronze in 2004. Therefore, he'll be sworn in into the USA Hockey Hall of Popularity with Brian Burke, Katie King Crowley, Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Murphy at an event in Boston on Wednesday. © & duplicate; Gary A. Vasquez/NHLI by means of Getty ImagesThe Kings retired Brown's number and introduced his statue Feb. 11. The statuary summarize his tradition. He is standing up the Cup in Los Angeles. " I was a good gamer," Brown said. "I played my video game. But I was just component of a really special group, and I was perhaps the face of the team during that very effective time, and Luc said it finest: 'You did something we couldn't do. '" Speaking about it currently, it still makes me really feel uncomfortable, however I'm still really extremely pleased with it Luc Robitaille Jersey. " * * * * Brown learned exactly how to skate by pushing a chair around a covered outside rink at Cass Park in Ithaca, New York. He also played baseball and lacrosse, however there was just something about the feel of the ice Jean-Francois Berube Jersey. " If it was a hockey technique or a lacrosse technique, I was constantly wishing to go to the hockey practice," he stated. "I believe naturally the skating makes hockey fun, even when all you're doing is getting skated. I kind of fell in love with the skating part of it. " When he didn't make the select group standing for the state of New York at age 15, Brown didn't most likely to a nationwide event and had not been on the radar of the United States Hockey National Group Advancement Program. He had no idea where he was headed. " Individuals do not think me when I state this," he claimed, "but I didn't even recognize what the Ontario Hockey League was. " After he had 53 factors in 24 games in his second period at Ithaca High, Brown was selected by Guelph in the 2nd round of the 2000 OHL Concern Choice. He received an offer from the NTDP yet had actually already signed a jr contract. Back after that, he had not been physical. His very first game for Guelph, he hadn't turned 16 yet, and an opponent had a complete beard. He set up large offensive numbers in 3 seasons in the OHL and stood for the United States two times on the planet Juniors. " I went from not making it in New York to being among the very best children in the country within a year," he said, "so it kind of all happened very quick for me. " Brown was picked by the Kings with the No. 13 pick in the 2003 NHL Draft. He played for Los Angeles as a novice in 2003-04, after that invested a period with Manchester of the American Hockey Organization throughout the 2004-05 NHL lockout. " It was dreadful for hockey," he claimed, "yet it was fantastic for me. " It permitted him to create in the minors with no stress, and though he had 74 factors in 79 video games, it made him the player he would certainly come to be when he returned to the NHL the following season. " I remember my initial few weeks in the AHL," he stated. "It dawned on me quite quick, like, 'Yeah, I'm not mosting likely to be able to rack up 40 right here. What can I do to remain in the lineup?' You see my first few years. I'm a bowling round out there. That came to be part of my identity. It offered me area. " * * * * It's not like Brown didn't have ability in the NHL. He had 60 points in 78 video games in 2007-08, and he scored at the very least 20 goals in a season seven times. But this is a person who had 3,632 hits, 3rd in NHL background. " He had not been worried of anything," stated Stars defenseman Ryan Suter, who played versus Brown in the NHL and with him for the united state "He would certainly run you through a wall whether you were teammates or friends with him, and afterwards after, certainly, whatever was great. I assume it took a toll on his body with time, just being as physical as he was. " Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, Brown's roomie when traveling, said Brown needed a special board under his bed mattress to make the bed hard. Brown would certainly extend and ask Doughty to break his back. © & duplicate; Adam Pantozzi/NHLI by means of Getty Images" I saw all the pain he went through," Doughty stated Dion Phaneuf Jersey. ".. When you see your captain doing whatever it requires to use the ice to assist his teammates, that trickles via. It's quite fantastic that he can play that physical with exactly how hurt he was, to be honest. " Brown earned respect from teammates and challengers alike. " Simply a high-character person," claimed Dallas ahead Joe Pavelski, that, like Suter, played versus Brown in the NHL and with him for the U. S. "Led by example. One characteristic to his video game is, you recognized what you were going to get from him. He played a difficult game. He was physical mosting likely to the net. He added that physicality from his video game, and he likewise had that offending touch to score in the process. " He did it all. " I believe there's a great deal more certainly to 'Brownie' than just hitting," Kopitar stated. "He had the knack to make a big play when it truly matters the most, whether that was enter front of a puck, struck somebody or make a play in the last min of the game so we might win by one objective. He was on the ice in every circumstance, and rightfully so. " Brown has few regrets. He never ever won gold for the USA. When the globe junior group won gold in 2004 in Finland, he was eligible to play however currently in the NHL. He was an alternative captain for the Olympic group in 2010 for an overtime loss to Canada in the gold medal game in Vancouver and in 2014 for a semifinal loss to Canada in the semifinals in Sochi. He stated that is among the important things he has shown upon in advance of his USA Hockey Hall of Popularity induction. For years, he didn't appreciate his Olympic experiences due to the losses. And now, he realizes it's some of the very best hockey he ever reached play. " The opportunity to represent your nation momentarily like that, no matter of the result, it's something that I assume you appreciate a lot more with time," he said. He said his mind typically drifts to the loss in Vancouver. However if he's ever before feeling down, all he has to do is search for as his sculpture in Los Angeles. " I imply, you win two Stanley Cups," he said, laughing, "your mind wanders there a great deal too. "

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