Dustin Brown will become, on February 11, the seventh player to have his number retired by the Los Angeles Kings. On the same day, a statue erected in his honor will be unveiled.
The man who announced his retirement following the Kings' seven-game first-round loss to the Edmonton Oilers will therefore see his number 23 being hoisted to the ceiling of the Crypto.com Arena during a pre-match ceremony. The Pittsburgh Penguins will then be there.
Brown, who has 325 goals and 712 points in 1,296 National Hockey League (NHL) games – all with the Kings – will join Rob Blake (4), Marcel Dionne (16), Dave Taylor (18), Luc Robitaille (20), Rogatien Vachon (30) and Wayne Gretzky (99).
He notably helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup twice, in 2012 and 2014.
“Having my number retired is something I never would have imagined,” Brown said Tuesday, according to a statement from the Kings. I'm incredibly proud to have played for the Los Angeles Kings my entire career. With my number going to the ceiling, it makes me think of the two banners [of the Stanley Cup] already present, of which I am even more proud. It took many people to hoist these two banners, it is the same for this one. Thank you to everyone who helped me achieve my dreams.”
Selected 13th overall in the NHL Draft by the Kings in 2003, Brown captained the team from 2008 to 2016, before being replaced by Anze Kopitar. He also won the Mark Messier Trophy, awarded to the player who showed the greatest leadership, in 2014.
“Since Dustin joined our organization almost 20 years ago , he represented the Los Angeles Kings with incredible class and passion, commented Robitaille, president of the Kings. In addition to having an outstanding playing career and leading us to times we've never had with two Stanley Cups, he stood out in the Southern California community and paved the way for our organization.”