LA Kings Dustin Brown talks redemption, Carter and Stoll

Imagine if your dream was to play in the NHL. So, at the age of 15 you move away from home – and across the border to Canada – so you can further your skills. A few years later, you’re drafted in the first round by a team 2,700 miles away and on the other side of North America. After spending a year in the minors during the NHL lockout, you become a full-time player.

So far, it’s a story that’s probably similar to many players around the league. Now, add in that in 2007 you commit to your organization by signing a six-year contract, wanting to be part of what they’re building. And the following year, you earn the team’s captaincy.

Yet, four years later, you hear your name come up in trade rumors. Yes, it’s a business. But, as Dustin Brown told us in an exclusive one-on-one interview on Friday, he was hurt by some of the things being talked about.

Growing up, kids are taught that actions speak louder than words. For Brown, he added an exclamation point to the statement by responding to everything he heard with one of his best games as a King – scoring three beautiful goals, including the final one short-handed, giving him a natural hat trick.

Back in the locker room, we chatted again…

Brown on any feelings of redemption stirred up by his performance – “It just felt good to score goals. I think collectively, as a team, it feels good when we get a lot of goals and personally, I’m not having the best offensive year – the year I’d like…It’s definitely something you think about when you’re name is out there. I don’t think it’s a motivating factor, but it’s definitely in the back of your mind. Maybe it’s coincidence, I guess.”

On what he saw from new teammate Jeff Carter in his first game as a King – “He had a couple of really good chances. He’s big and fast. That’s going to be a key (for us), another big body and he can really shoot the puck. With Ricky [Mike Richards] finding him more often, as we start to play a few more games here, I think he’ll start to score a lot of goals for us…It’s always exciting when you get a marque player like Jeff. Everyone’s well aware of what he’s capable of, he’s had a pretty good and consistent track record. Plus, I’ve known him since we were probably 15 (years old) playing in juniors. So, I think guys were excited (to add him) as a piece of the puzzle.”

On Jarret Stoll playing his best game in a long-time, finishing with three assists (tying his career high) – “Hockey’s a funny game with confidence, it comes and goes. With Stolly, he’s been one of those guys who goes and plays, whether he’s on the wing or center, or third line or second line – he just goes out and plays. He got into a groove tonight. A lot of guys would probably bitch and complain about the type of year he’s had and what he’s had to put up with. But, he just comes to the rink and works.”

To watch highlights from the game and Brown’s hat trick, click here.  The article also includes his selection for which of the three goals was his favorite and why.

The Mayor 


MayorsManor interview with Dustin Brown – he opens up about the trade rumors

10 Tidbits from LA Kings morning skate – 02/25/2012

Doughty on the Kings trading Jack Jonson to Columbus

Recent Articles

McBain Kings NHL hockey

The Truth About Jamie McBain

The Los Angeles Kings have gone 27-11-5 with Jamie McBain in the lineup over the last two seasons. Without him? At 27-24-11, they’re barely a .500 team.
The Kings just win with McBain, right?
In much the same way, perhaps it was defenseman Randy Jones who pushed the 2010-11 Kings into the postseason. LA went 28-14-6 with […]

Stothers Mike AHL Manchester Monarchs

Kempe Scores, But Gulls Hand Reign First Regulation Loss at Home

After dropping a close contest in San Diego Friday night, the Ontario Reign fell again to the Anaheim Ducks farm club on Saturday night, this time 3-1.
Adrian Kempe, one of the Kings top prospects at forward, netted his seventh marker of the season in the third period, but it wasn’t enough to spark a […]


UPDATED: LA Kings Planning Trio of Fun for 50th NHL Season

For the 2016-17 NHL season, in what will mark their 50th year in the league, the Los Angeles Kings are planning a myriad of special events.
Over the past few months, multiple sources have confirmed the following to MayorsManor:
– As we have previously reported, with NHL expansion on the horizon, next season is expected to be […]

Major News Items

Bartosak Ikiri MayorsManor AHL Kings

LA Kings 2015-16 Early Season Prospect Rankings: No. 9 and 10

Earlier this week, we kicked off our multi-part series looking at the updated LA Kings Top 10 Prospects list. Already served up were five honorable mentions – including a bevy of defenseman, like Erik Cernak, the team’s … [Read More...]

More Prospect News