Dave Taylor has led the LA Kings in games played for the past 25 years. But as Dustin Brown surpassed his milestone this past week, he was more than happy to pass the torch to the player he drafted nearly 15 years ago.
"It's about time that somebody came along to break the record," Taylor said.
"We felt he had all the qualities to be a future captain with the LA Kings," Taylor said about Brown, who was the Kings 13th pick in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
"He still plays the same way today as he did the day we drafted him. He gives his all every night."
The milestone was special for Brown mostly because he is able to celebrate it with the people who have been with him since the beginning. "There's a group of guys in there I've played a big chunk of those games with," Brown said.
The feeling is mutual on the other side of the lockerroom. "We're all just lucky to have him as a teammate," Alec Martinez said, and Anze Kopitar added they're "just really excited and happy for him."
"I just want to thank everybody who's helped me along the way," Brown said.
"My goal now is just to leave the Kings in a better place than when I got here."
Video: Dustin Brown passes Dave Taylor as the King of Kings