Posts Tagged ‘Dustin Brown’

Zach Parise named captain of Team USA for Sochi Olympics

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Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild

Healthy and on his game, Zach Parise will swap his A for a C in Sochi. (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

It’s been a pretty good week for Zach Parise. He’s healthy again after missing time with a broken foot. He’s in the middle of a ridiculous hot stretch, scoring three goals and seven points in his past two games. And today, the Wild star was named captain of the U.S. men’s hockey team for the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi.

“Number one, to be named to the team is awesome,” Parise said. “But it’s a special thing to be named captain. I know a majority of the guys wear a letter with their own team and there are going to be plenty of guys capable of doing it.”

Parise doesn’t wear the C with the Wild, but that wasn’t an issue for coach Dan Byslma. “He plays exactly the way we want Team USA to play. He has a work ethic, a never-quit determination, an abrasiveness. And it’s every time, regardless of score or situation.”

Parise was a beast for the U.S. at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, tying for the team lead with eight points and scoring one of the most dramatic goals in American hockey history.

Ryan Suter, Parise’s teammate in Minnesota, and the Kings’ Dustin Brown were named as Team USA’s alternate captains.


  • Published On Jan 31, 2014
  • Kings sign captain Dustin Brown to eight-year extension

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    Dustin Brown will earn an average of $5.875 million over the next eight years with the Kings. (AP)

    Dustin Brown will earn an average of $5.875 million over the next eight years with the Kings. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s been a busy day for Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. Minutes after introducing Rob Blake as the team’s new assistant GM, Lombardi announced that captain Dustin Brown had signed an eight-year contract extension.

    Brown, 28, will earn $47 million over the course of the deal for an average annual value of $5.875 million. His current deal runs through the 2013-14 season and carries a bargain cap hit of $3.175 million.

    That’s not to say his new contract isn’t a fair deal. He might be overpaid if all that counted was the points he put on the board — he’s a reliable second-tier scorer — but Brown’s value is magnified by his physical presence, his commitment and his leadership.

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  • Published On Jul 18, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Down 2-0, Kings face crucial Game 3 versus Blackhawks

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    Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings

    The Kings desperately need Anze Kopitar to find a way to get going offensively. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    No team has ever won a best-of-seven series in three games, but the Los Angeles Kings know their season, and their hopes of defending their 2012 Stanley Cup, comes down to tonight’s home game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    “Obviously it’s not do-or-die, but it is,” said Kings forward Justin Williams, channeling his inner Yogi Berra on Monday.

    A win tonight at the Staples Center, where they’re on a 14-0 run, and the Kings silence the doubters and earn a chance to even it up on Thursday night.

    Lose and Game 4 becomes a wake.

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  • Published On Jun 04, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Dustin Brown gets two games of rest heading into playoffs

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    By Allan Muir

    There’s nothing wrong with a player protecting himself. Brendan Shanahan pretty much called it an inalienable right in the video explaining defensive contact to the head that the league released just a couple of weeks back.

    But, as with most things, there’s a right way to go about it and a wrong way. And dissuading an opponent by leading with your elbow, Gordie Howe-style? Yeah, that’s going to get you hauled in front of Sheriff Shanny, a man who is unlikely to accept a plea of “old-time hockey.”

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  • Published On Apr 24, 2013
  • Tommy Lasorda snubs Jack Johnson after ceremonial puck drop

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    By Allan Muir

    We’re not quite sure what was behind the Dodgers’ Pride Night that the Los Angeles Kings hosted on Thursday night. It’s not like the defending Cup champs needed to coat-tail off a team that just got swept by the Padres and is averaging a whopping 2.73 runs per game, but maybe the chance to work up a pregame sweat in Dodger Blue warm-ups was too great to pass on.

    And hey, any chance to wheel 85-year-old legend Tommy Lasorda out in front of an adoring L.A. crowd is probably worth the effort, right?

    Sort of. Lasorda, on hand for the ceremonial puck drop, has probably looked happier on his way to see the proctologist than he did as he waddled out to center ice where Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson were waiting. He chatted briefly with the Kings’ captain, dropped the biscuit, shook hands with Brown…and then turned his back and walked away, completely blowing off the Blue Jackets’ Johnson.

    Now, etiquette states that the puck dropper shake the hands of both players, but maybe Lasorda was unaware of that fine hockey tradition. It’s possible, right?

    Nope. The snub was intentional. “You do not talk to the opposition,” he later told a Fox Sports reporter.

    What a competitor.

    Johnson appeared to take it well, smiling as he skated off.


  • Published On Apr 19, 2013


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