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KINGS SIGN FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings and right wing Dustin Brown have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension it was announced Friday by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.


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"I am real excited about the deal and being a part of this organization for years to come," Brown told LAKings.com. "It is nice to get this out of the way and now I don't have to worry about it and can just focus on the game.

"I am excited to be a King for a long time."

Brown, 22, has been part of the Kings organization since the club selected him in the first-round (13th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 202 career regular season games over four NHL seasons with the Kings, recording 87 points (36-51=87) and 161 penalty minutes. This season, he has eight points (4-4=8) and 11 penalty minutes in 11 games.

"There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is exciting," Brown said of his reaction to signing the contract. "I put in a lot of work to get here and it is kinda like a reward, I guess, for all of the hard work. It is an exciting day."

Brown, a 6-0, 200-pound native of Ithaca, New York, last season set career highs for goals (17), power play goals (13), assists (14), points (46), shots (195), games played (81) and time on-ice average (18:42). He led the Kings and finished second in the NHL with 258 hits. He also tied for third on the Kings with 24 takeaways.

During the 2005-06 season, his second full NHL season and his third in the League, Brown led the Kings in hits with 175 while recording 14 goals and 14 assists. In 2004-05, he played the entire season with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and finished second to Michael Cammalleri in scoring with 74 points (29-45=74) in 79 games. His 74 points ranked 13th in the AHL that season.

"If you look at our team, with me, Kopi (Anze Kopitar), Cammy (Michael Cammalleri), Fro (Alexander Frolov), Jack Johnson, Sully, (Patrick O'Sullivan), we are all under 25 with [Jonathan] Bernier coming along in goal soon," Brown said. "That is a pretty good core group of guys and is a core we can build around and have a pretty good, exciting team."

In 2003-04, Brown made his NHL debut at the age of 18, becoming the fifth youngest player to ever play for the Kings. He scored his first career NHL goal on November 23, 2003, and played in 31 games with the Kings that season.

Internationally, Brown has represented the United States at several international tournaments, including the 2006 World Championships where he led his team in goals and points; the 2004 World Championships where he earned a bronze medal; the 2003 World Junior Championships where he earned a gold medal; and the 2002 World Junior Championships where he was the youngest member of that team.

See Brown and the rest of the Kings at 7 p.m. on Saturday night as they play host to the Edmonton Oilers.

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