Two notes about Dustin Brown becoming the new captain of the Kings. At 23, he’s the youngest captain in team history, and he’s also the first American-born captain in Kings history (Brown is a native of Ithaca, N.Y.). Mattias Norstrom is a native of Sweden and all the previous captains — Bob Wall, Larry Cahan, Bob Pulford, Terry Harper, Mike Murphy, Dave Lewis, Terry Rushkowski, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake — were natives of Canada.
Here’s what Brown had to say about the process of being selected captain…
“I had meetings during the summer with Terry about it, and he basically said he would make his decisions in training camp. He asked me if I was interested in it, and I told him at that time that I was. He made the decision, obviously, based on things in training camp.
“I’ve been here for five or six years now, and I think once I got comfortable here, over the last couple years, I could kind of come out of my shell a little bit and take on more of a leadership role. Last year, I tried to lead by example, game in and game out. All great leaders, I think that’s the first and most important thing they do.”
And here’s what Terry Murray said, in the press release, about his leadership decisions:
“Dustin has impressed me a great deal with his leadership. He comes to the rink each day prepared and his on-ice work shows a great deal of focus. He has total commitment to this team.
“Anze is a high-performance player, not only on this team but in our league. He shows great leadership through his effort and the way he plays the game. Matt is very vocal and he is energetic on the bench, on the ice and in the locker room. His tough, gritty work in the defensive zone is also a great example for all of our players.
“This was a difficult decision to make as we have a lot of quality candidates, but we, as an organization, are excited about the three players selected, and we believe they will help lead our club both now and in the future.”