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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings right-winger and team captain Dustin Brown has announced a partnership with KaBOOM! in conjunction with the Kings Care Foundation.

Brown will donate $50 for each of his body checks during the 2008-09 season to KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of very child in America. Last season Brown led the NHL with 311 body checks.

"I am excited to be involved with great organizations like Kings Care and KaBOOM!,” Brown said. “My wife Nicole and I were lucky enough to welcome our son Jake into the world this year, and it has shown us how important children are to not only ourselves, but to the future of our city, our great country and the world. By lending my support, both monetarily with each of my body checks this season, and with my inaugural fundraising event later this season, I want to show Kings fans just how important this cause is to my family. I hope to encourage fans to involve themselves and support KaBOOM!”

“Our top priority when looking for individuals to partner with is finding those who truly strive to make a difference in the lives of children,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! CEO & Co-Founder. “We see that passion and drive in Dustin and we’re thrilled that he’s joining us to spread the message that play is absolutely critical to the development of children.”

Since 1995, KaBOOM! has led the construction of more than 1,500 playgrounds, ice rinks, skate parks, and athletic fields, pairing community leaders with funding partners who support their mission. KaBOOM! also offers online tools and resources to help communities find, improve and create great places to play every day. If you want to find a great ice rink or know about a great place to play and want to share it, go to the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder at

To view highlights of Brown’s hits, as well as a photo gallery and “Hit Tracker” log onto

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