LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown
has been selected to play for the Western Conference All-Star squad at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game at Montreal's Bell Centre on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. PT, the NHL announced on Wednesday.
Brown, 24, will be making his first NHL All-Star Game appearance. The 6-0, 207-pounder from Ithaca, N.Y., leads the Kings with three game-winning goals. He also leads the Kings and ranks among the NHL's league leaders in hits (141 - third in the NHL) and shots on goal (170 - fourth in the NHL), and thanks to a partnership with KaBOOM!, Brown is donating $50 for each of his hits this season to the non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America (www.lakings.com/kaboom). Now in his fifth season with the Kings, Brown also ranks second on the club with 13 goals and 26 points to go along with 40 penalty minutes through 39 games played this season.
"It's obviously a great honor and I am excited to go and play in this game and to represent the Kings," said Brown. "It should be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the experience in Montreal."
Brown was named the 15th captain in Kings history on Oct. 8. He's the youngest to ever wear the "C" for the Kings and the only American-born player to ever receive the honor. He skated in his 300th game as a King vs. the New York Rangers on Dec. 17, and he recorded his first career hat trick and tied a career-high with three points vs. St. Louis on Dec. 11 (fourth career three-point game). He also attempted a season-high 11 shots on goal vs. Edmonton on Dec. 5 and collected a season-high eight hits vs. Calgary on Nov. 1.
At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season Brown was selected as the Kings Most Inspirational Player (Ace Bailey Memorial Award) and Most Popular Player after leading the Kings and the NHL with 311 hits and finishing third on the Kings with a career-high 60 points (33-27=60). He led the Kings with a career-high 33 goals and tied for first (with Anze Kopitar) with 12 power-play goals. He also tied for first (with Patrick O'Sullivan) with four shootout goals (4-for-8) while collecting six multi-goal games during the season.
Brown, who agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Kings on Oct. 26, 2007, was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (13th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Brown has 165 points (78-87=165) and 245 penalty minutes in 308 career games with the Kings.
Four members of the host Montreal Canadiens – defensemen Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek, forward Alex Kovalev and goaltender Carey Price -- will line up alongside record-setting vote-getter Sidney Crosby and NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Eastern Conference at the opening face-off of the 57th NHL All-Star Game Jan. 25.
Crosby, the Pittsburgh captain, received the most votes in the history of NHL All-Star fan balloting, 1,713,021. Malkin had the second-highest total ever (1,585,936). Markov finished with 1,443,091 votes, Mike Komisarek with 1,373,628, Kovalev with 1,343,301 and Price with 1,515,885. Price edged Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury by fewer than 30,000 votes in a tight race that each player led in Friday night's final hours of the XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. Through online votes at NHL.com and text ballots with their mobile phones, NHL fans shattered all previous records for total ballots cast while electing some of the game’s most exciting young stars.
NHL sophomores Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were among the three Chicago Blackhawks elected Western Conference starters. Kane and Toews finished 1-2 among Western Conference forwards with 917,551 and 809,599, respectively, and will be joined by Chicago teammate Brian Campbell (784,476), who led all West defensemen. Three Anaheim Ducks players were voted to starting positions: J.S. Giguere (617,241) finished first among Western Conference goaltenders, Ryan Getzlaf (716,569) will join Kane and Toews at forward and Scott Niedermayer (637,316) will line up alongside Campbell on defense
It's the first time in team history the Ducks have had three players elected to the starting lineup, and only the second time since the NHL came to Southern California in 1967. The 1988-89 Los Angeles Kings had forwards Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille and defenseman Steve Duchesne in the starting lineup.