The LA Kings finish out their three-game road trip tonight at Rogers Arena, which has been a memorable trip for Dustin Brown to say the least.
As the forward stepped on the ice in Edmonton on Tuesday, he tied Dave Taylor for most regular season games played as a member of the Kings. He finished his 1,111 game with three points, a power-play goal and two assists. Not a bad night at the office.
Brown, who's physicality has been a major component of his play (after all, he does rank first for the Kings in all-time hits with 3,359), has adapted his game to the new national league style of play, which caters to speed and skill. That adaptability is one of the many reasons he's been successful for so long.
"I found a way to adapt to the rule changes and how you have to play the game," Brown recently said to The Athletic. "You can still be a punishing player in today's game if you find the right way."
"I don't think I'm very well liked around the league, which is a probably good thing. You wanted to be hated by everybody but your teammates."
And he's right. No one has more respect for Brown's contributions to the team than his fellow teammates.
"Brownie won the championship here," Anze Kopitar said to The Athletic. "The first one and the second one, the two that we've got. I know he's not just a big, but a huge part of this organization, right now, in the past and going forward."
"His jersey is going to be retired and he's most likely going to have a statue in front of Staples Center. You do the math," the Captain said.
Well, we did the math and it speaks for itself. During the regular season alone, Brown has 281 goals, 334 assists, 615 points, 95 power play goals, 40 game-winning goals and 2,906 shots on goal.
Oh, and two Stanley Cups.
Video: Dustin Brown reflects on lifting the Cup
Brown chalks up much of his success to "durability and luck." But as they say... you have to be good to be lucky.
And it's not just his teammates who speak highly of Brown's career accomplishments. Longtime Color Commentator Jim Fox, who has played with the best, knows that Brown's time with the Kings is something special.
"He's only played for the Kings," Fox said. "There's a lot of parallels with Dave Taylor in that he spent his entire his career with the Kings. The style of play and how they were both physical players and also produced offensively. They both were captains."
Fittingly, the Kings will honor Brown's milestone on Monday, April 1 at STAPLES Center with a special ceremony where Taylor will be present to pass the torch to the player that he drafted nearly 16 years ago.