Kings to retire Dustin Brown’s No. 23, unveil statue subsequent season

The Los Angeles Kings have introduced that the crew will retire former captain Dustin Brown’s No. 23 on Feb. 11, 2023.

The festivities may also embody the revealing of a statue exterior Area.

The Ithaca, N.Y., native retired on the finish of the 2021-22 season. Drafted thirteenth total within the 2003 NHL draft, Brown performed his whole NHL profession with the Kings and gained two Stanley Cups.

“Having my quantity retired is one thing I by no means imagined and is a humbling honour,” mentioned Brown in an announcement. “I’m extremely proud that I performed for the LA Kings my whole profession. With my quantity going to the rafters, I’m honoured to be amongst the King Greats, however it makes me consider the 2 banners already within the rafters, of which I’m most proud. It took quite a few folks to boost these two banners; the identical is true for this one. Thanks to all who’ve helped me obtain my goals.”

Brown amassed 712 factors (325 targets, 387 assists) and 738 penalty minutes in 1,296 video games over 18 NHL seasons. He’s the one King to have performed as many seasons with the group.

Brown turned the Kings’ youngest captain, on the time, at 23 years outdated and was the primary American-born participant to put on the ‘C’ for the group.

“Since Dustin first joined our group practically 20 years in the past, he has represented the LA Kings with unbelievable class and fervour,” mentioned Kings President Luc Robitaille in an announcement. “Along with having fun with an excellent taking part in profession and main us to moments we had by no means skilled with two Stanley Cups, he has been a standout within the Southern California group and set the course for our franchise. That is certainly a really well-deserved honour and I sit up for an unbelievable celebration for Dustin, Nicole, and their household, whereas sharing his legacy with our followers at our dwelling area for what guarantees to be a particular night time.”

Brown was the recipient of the Mark Messier Management Award in 2013-14 and was featured within the 2009 NHL All-Star Recreation.

Rogie Vachon (30), Marcel Dionne (16), Dave Taylor (18), Wayne Gretzky (99), Luc Robitaille (20), and Rob Blake (4) are the one different gamers to have numbers retired by the group. Brown’s statue will stand alongside different statues honouring Gretzky, Robitaille, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal in Area’s Star Plaza alongside Chick Hearn Court docket.

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