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Dustin Brown  #23

Los Angeles Kings  Right Wing
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: November 4, 1984  (AGE 29)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Ithaca, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 207 DRAFTED: LAK / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (13th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> At the age of 23, Brown was named the youngest captain in Kings history and the first American-born captain in franchise history after scoring a career-high 33 goals in 2007-08. <br /> <br /> In 2007-08, he led the League in hits with 311 and through the first 38 games in 2008-09 was sitting atop the Western Conference with 140 hits -- for every body check that he places on his opponents, Brown donates $50 to charity. He comments on his hitting: &quot;This is just what I do; I hit people.&quot; <br /> <br /> A native of Ithaca, New York, he starred on the Ithaca High School team as a ninth grader, leading the team to a state championship in 2000, scoring 32 goals along the way. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his style of play: &quot;My physical game became part of my game late in junior and my first year in L.A. I wanted to stick around in the NHL and since I wasn't scoring many points, I had to provide them with something ... my game has transitioned the last couple years. It has turned into a more even ratio and I have to pick my places for the hits. Earlier in my career, I would take myself out of position to make a hit, but now I'm picking my spots better and it's helping me stay in better position. My better positioning helps the play transition and gets me more offensive chances.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his adjustment to the NHL: &quot;Preparation is a big part of being successful in this League. That's something I didn't understand when I was 18 or 19. When you're 18, you think you can just go out there and play. It's a lot more demanding. You're playing every other night and you have to take care of yourself.&quot; <br /> <br /> On being more vocal in the dressing room: &quot;Last year, me and Thorty (Scott Thornton) sat next to each other all year. He was pushing me to be more vocal. He said, 'You play harder than anybody, but you need to be more vocal.' I said, 'I don't think everyone in this room really respects what I do yet.' He was like, 'Well, you have my respect.' He was an assistant captain and a big part of the leadership, and that really helped me.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Former teammate Luc Robitaille: &quot;He was a very, very quiet kid, but we all saw the pure talent. Looking back, I realize he was sitting, watching, trying to learn what it takes to be professional.&quot; <br /> <br /> Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock: &quot;A lot of your physical guys aren't good players and never get on the ice. This is a guy who plays 22 minutes against your best guys. You've got to keep your head up because he's always on the hunt.&quot; <br /> <br /> San Jose Sharks defenseman and former teammate Rob Blake: &quot;The timing on his hits is tremendous. He likes to play physical, but he understands it's not about running guys every shift. He's very good at reading the play.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://kings.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=385284">Brown Maturing On and Off the Ice</a><br /> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-spw-kingsnotes14-2008dec14,0,2208864.story">Kings' Brown Contributes More Than Just Goals</a> <br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://kings.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=25298">KingsTV: Dustin Brown Delivers</a><br /> <a href="http://kings.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=20492">KingsTV: Fit to be King: Dustin Brown</a><br />
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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp