The Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, has arguably become the most controversial captain in the NHL. And currently he is on the track of becoming a captain that potentially leads his team to win the Stanley Cup.
Brown has been called many things, one of which includes the worst captain in the NHL, and is known for his dirty hits throughout the league. One example is the hit against San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl towards the beginning of the 2013-14 season that resulted in Hertl missing the majority of the season with a knee injury. This is only one example, many more could be mentioned.
Whether or not you like the guy or hate what he does on the ice, Brown does bring about those must needed moments on ice. For example, during Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks, Brown was stated to being the most active offensive player on the ice. Or in Game 2 of the finals on Saturday where he was the one to score the double overtime winning goal.
Teammate Jarret Stoll believes Brown is the exact person for the job.
“Hard, physical, leads by his play. No other guy should have the ‘C’ on his jersey, that’s for sure,” he said. “Big goals, big plays. He does it all.”
Dustin Brown was drafted to the Kings in 2003 No. 13 overall. Suffering from a lisp, Brown stated that his leadership is more on ice than vocal.
“In the room, I’m pretty quiet. I’m getting myself ready in-between periods. My vocal leadership is more in-game, on the bench. There’s more ups and down on the bench. It’s about keeping the guys upbeat,” said Brown. “We have a lot of rah-rah guys in general. But the big cliché speech before a big game, if that’s what you’re relying on to come back, you’re probably not playing at this time of year anyway. It’s one thing to talk, say the right things. It’s another thing to go out and do them.”
Whether or not you agree with Brown’s methods, he is doing something right as the Kings play Game 3 against the Rangers on Monday night to attempt to bring the series to a 3-0 lead.