Dustin Brown honored for charity work

Dustin Brown has been selected, along with Montreal’s Alex Kovalev and Columbus’ Rick Nash, as a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to a player “in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community.” The winner will be announced at the NHL awards ceremony on June 18 in Las Vegas.

Here’s what the NHL said about Brown in its press release…

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Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
This season, Dustin Brown sought a program that would have a positive impact on the country’s childhood obesity epidemic and encourage children to be active and healthy. He partnered with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Brown donated $50 for each of his hits this season, raising more than $35,000 that will go toward building a playground in his home town of Ithaca, NY. This past March, he also worked with children from the LA area to build a playground at the Bellflower YMCA. Brown is a spokesperson for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and encouraged fans to support the Kings 4 Kids Night that raised nearly $25,000 for the organization. He is a supporter of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and participates in all Kings community initiatives — including his personal favorite, the Adopt-a-Family program, through which players provide holiday gifts for underprivileged families. Brown was named the Los Angeles Kings’ “Hometown Hero” at the Southern California Sports Choice Awards and recognized as a 2009 Outstanding Young Californian by the California Jaycees Foundation and the California Junior Chamber for his “commitment to challenge and inspire California’s youth.”

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  • SCARFACE909

    its nice to see what brown has done for his community and the LA area. It just shows that NHL players are one of the nicest people outside of what they do. Never really see anything bad about the NHL or its players.

  • TB

    Putting hockey aside for a moment…this is the kind of thing that makes it easier to be a Kings fan. What a great way to honor a player that has really put the community and his team ahead of his own personal interests. Really a class act. Couldn’t ask for a better man to wear the C for the Kings.

  • JDM

    Very cool for Brownie!

    SCARFACE909,

    “Never really see anything bad about the NHL or its players.”

    I believe there is a waitress somewhere back east that begs to differ. Not to mention Roy’s wife, Palffy’s girlfriend, Moore’s back, etc, etc. Not saying that as a group NHL players aren’t classy guys, because 95% or so definately are stand up individuals, but the NHL has had its fair share of shameful acts perpetrated by its players. Though when compared to other sports, the NHL is definately among the classiest of them all.

  • Duckhunter

    This kind of humanity should be the norm, but unfortunately it’s not. Kudos to Brown for upholding these standards. People like Brown are sorely needed and greatly appreciated. Great work young man.

  • deadcatbounce

    Congratulations to a great guy and a great player! Way to go!

  • Chris Bond

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  • variable

    it really goes to show everyone that being an NHL’er and more so, a team captain, is an all-inclusive life commitment…and that the amount of time it occupies a player’s life is significant…

    what is also just as significant is the impact players like brownie have on the lives of others…

    whether or not we put too much of an importance on our athletes to become role models can be debated…what cannot be disputed is the dedication and relevance people like brownie have in the community and the world…

    and regardless of him being a role model on the ice, brownie continues to lead by example off of it, demonstrating why he is just as valuable as a human as he is for we fans and the kings…

    congrats and way to go, brownie…!!!

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