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Brown Named Finalist for NHL Foundation Award

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown is a finalist for the 13th Annual NHL Foundation Player Award, and the winner will be announced tomorrow, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas.

The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS beginning at 4 p.m.  The award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community, and this is the third consecutive year Brown has been nominated for the award. 

Brown, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin are the finalists for this year’s award.  NHL Clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists were selected by a judging panel.  The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year’s recipient.  Brown was nominated on May 2.

Brown and the LA Kings are hosting a pre-NHL Awards Party in Las Vegas tonight at LAVO.  Proceeds from the door and bottle sales will benefit the Kings Care Foundation. 

Check back to soon to see a special Kings Vision video featuring Brown at the Awards Show, plus Kings Vision host Heidi Androl will be in Las Vegas conducting red carpet interviews for NHL Network.

Yesterday, Brown and his wife, Nicole, spent the day in Yorba Linda at the 8th Annual Not So Serious Women’s Golf Tournament, which was hosted by Nicole Brown.  The Not So Serious Golf Outing is the only golf event specifically for women in Los Angeles and Orange County.  Originally developed by Jessica Erstad, wife of former Angels outfielder Darin Erstad, the golf outing benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Center.  During the past seven years, this event has attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $400,000 for the Child Abuse Prevention Center’s in-home parent education and mental health programs.

The Kings’ 26-year-old captain is a finalist for the NHL Foundation Award in recognition of his continued tireless involvement in countless community-benefiting endeavors.  This season, Brown donated $50 for each of his 300 hits to contribute a total of $15,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit.  Two seasons ago, as part of the program he and his wife Nicole launched with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America, Brown’s per-hit donation plan raised $70,000 to build a new playground in Carson that now hosts more than 100 kids per day.

In mid-December, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Brown hosted an unforgettable day behind the scenes at STAPLES Center and then the following night at the Kings-Wild game for Will McCloud, a six-year-old boy who was battling leukemia.  Brown also again served as the team spokesman for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, an organization dedicated to providing support for clinical research in pediatric cancer, while improving the medical environment for all children.  And he volunteered to be the spokesman for the Club’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night.  In addition to adopting a local family over the holiday season as part of the Kings’ Adopt-a-Family program, Brown and his wife independently adopted a large family with a child currently being treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  He led extensive team participation in the Kings Community Corner, a ticket-donation program that has enabled more than 15,000 Los Angeles youth and military members to experience Kings hockey live at STAPLES Center. 

And through his budding engagement with social media, Brown has raised awareness for Make My Day Monday, which promotes committing random acts of kindness each Monday, and raised funds for Japanese earthquake relief, donating $1 for each of the 9,425 new followers he attracted on Twitter during a one-week period in March.

Named the 15th captain in Kings history on October 8, 2009, Brown is also the youngest captain in Kings history and the first American-born captain in Kings history.  Brown was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (13th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  He has 305 points (141-164=305) in 513 career regular season games with the Kings.

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