ITHACA, N.Y. -- Dustin Brown was the 13th pick by the Kings in the 2003 Draft that will likely go down as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- in NHL history.
He played in 31 games that following season and has lived in and played for Los Angeles ever since, save for the 2004-05 campaign when he lived in Manchester while playing for the Kings' minor-league affiliate in New Hampshire during the work stoppage.
That's nearly a decade in Southern California that culminated with the Kings winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in June with Brown as the team's captain. It would be pretty easy for the 27-year-old to have "gone Hollywood" with all that success, but during his time with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend, it seems he hasn't changed all that much or lost sight of what's important.
Brown is now a husband and father of three boys -- Jake, 4, Mason, 3, and Cooper, 1 -- and he and his wife, Nicole, purchased a home in Ithaca last year. The couple felt it was important to have a summer home here to show their boys there's more to their lives than just hockey and Los Angeles.