Kings' Dustin Brown is a finalist for NHL Foundation award
Kings captain Dustin Brown has been named a finalist for the 12th Annual NHL Foundation award, which recognizes a player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.
The winner will be announced on June 23. Buffalo’s Ryan Miller and Washington’s Mike Green are the other two finalists.
A silver medalist at this year’s Winter Olympics, Brown finished the season with 24 goals and 56 points and led the team with 287 hits, the second-most in the NHL. But his energy was not limited to the ice.
Known for hard hits on the ice, the 25-year-old Brown encouraged teammates to become active in the team's new community ticket program, Kings Community Corner, in which donors and fans could purchase tickets and use them to send underprivileged children to Kings games. Every Kings player contributed, donating more than $40,000.
Brown also took action after the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti by starting an initiative in which every Kings player donated $200 for each of the team’s wins in February. The Kings won four out of six games that month, raising $40,000.
Then there is KaBOOM!, which Brown and his wife, Nicole, launched during the 2008-09 season. The nonprofit organization envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in the U.S. Last year, money raised through KaBOOM! helped build a playground in Los Alamitos.
Brown was particularly active during the holidays. He participated in the Kings Adopt-a-Family program, in which players adopt families during the holidays, providing gifts and items of need to support them. He also encouraged fans to support the Kings 4 Kids Night, which annually raises upward of $25,000 for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, an organization dedicated to providing support for clinical research in pediatric cancer. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope also have seen his involvement in helping to raise money for those in need.
-- Debbie Goffa
Photo: Dustin Brown celebrates teammate Drew Doughty's goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press.