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…
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.”