After his nomination fell short each of the last two seasons, Kings captain Dustin Brown captured the NHL Foundation Award, which “recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
The Dustin and Nicole Brown Charitable Fund – which serves disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles and his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y. – will receive $25,000 from the NHL Foundation. Brown donated a total of $15,000 to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles this season and served through a number of other community outreach efforts.
From the NHL’s official release:
Two seasons ago, as part of the program he and his wife Nicole launched with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America, Brown’s per-hit donation plan raised $70,000 to build a new playground in Carson, CA, that now hosts more than 100 kids per day.
In mid-December, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Brown hosted an unforgettable day behind the scenes at STAPLES Center and then the following night at the Kings Wild game for Will McCloud, a six year old boy who was battling leukemia. Brown also again served as the team spokesman for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, an organization dedicated to providing support for clinical research in pediatric cancer, while improving the medical environment for all children. And he volunteered to be the spokesman for the Club’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night. In addition to adopting a local family over the holiday season as part of the Kings’ Adopt-a-Family program, Brown and his wife independently adopted a large family with a child currently being treated at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He led extensive team participation in Kings Community Corner, a ticket-donation program that has enabled more than 15,000 Los Angeles youth and military members to experience Kings hockey live at STAPLES
And through his budding engagement with social media, Brown (@DustinBrown23) has raised awareness for Make My Day Monday, which promotes committing random acts of kindness each Monday, and raised funds for Japanese earthquake relief, donating $1 for each of the 9,425 new followers he attracted on Twitter during a one-week period in March.
A few more Kings collected votes Wednesday:
Anze Kopitar was ninth in voting for the Frank Selke Trophy, given to the league’s best defensive forward, and 10th for the Lady Byng, which recognizes “gentlemanly play.”
Jonathan Quick received a single third-place vote for the Vezina Trophy, given to the league’s best goalie, tying him for eighth.
Drew Doughty tied for 10th in voting for the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s best defenseman. Doughty collected one second-place vote and one fifth-place vote.