2014 Winter Olympics US Men’s Hockey Player Profile: Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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The US Olympic Men’s Hockey team is full of youth and guys who have never played in the Olympics before. That said, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is not one of those players. Brown was part of the team four years ago that lost to Canada in the gold medal game.

With his experience, Brown has been named alternate captain for the U.S. team behind Captain Zach Parise. Brown also wore the “A” on his jersey four years ago for the national team. Not only does Brown have Olympic experience, but he has championship experience. Brown was the captain of the Kings two season ago when they defeated the New Jersey Devils to capture the Stanley Cup.

He was born in Ithaca, New York, and played hockey at high school there for two season. After the second season, he left to play junior hockey at the age of 16. He would later sign a three-year entry level contract with the Kings after they drafted him.

Brown, along with Kings teammate and goalie Jonathan Quick, will try to grab what eluded them four years ago — the Olympic gold medal. Brown is a very physical player and plays the game with a tenacious style. He is one of the top hitters in the league every year, and he gets a lot of penalty minutes in the process. Hopefully, his style and veteran leadership can help vault the U.S. team to the podium. Only this time, we hope it’s one step higher than last time.

Greg Higgins is an Olympic Hockey writer for rantsports. Follow him on Twitter.

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