It’s not the most exciting news, and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a thorough evaluation of our player performance this year, as well as a look forward into free agency and draft coverage. That said, it must be covered, and it’s in fact quite good news. Dustin Brown has been named as a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award. It’s a league wide award, and Dustin Brown has been nominated three consecutive years. The award is given to a player “who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
We’ve covered some of the things that he’s been involved with in past years, but it’s clear that Dustin brown is committed to making a positive impact in the Los Angeles community, and for that we can only be grateful. This year the work he is being recognized for involved partnerships with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the KaBOOM! project for playground-building, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Children’s Cancer Research Fun and many other organizations he has worked with on behalf of the Los Angeles Kings.
Other nominees this season are Mike Green from Washington and Daniel and Henrik Sedin (are they seriously attached at the hip?) from Vancouver. With any luck Dustin Brown will finally bring home the award, since he most assuredly deserves it. He has, without question, one of the best attitudes in the game of hockey. Personally, as much as I like the play that Dustin Brown brings to the ice, his persona contributes almost as much to the team and the organization. Congratulations Dustin, you deserve this award!