Los Angeles Kings Captain Dustin Brown Wins NHL Foundation Award

Los Angeles Kings captain and forward Dustin Brown is the 2011 recipient of the NHL Foundation Award, given to him in honor of his

Dustin Brown at practice (Credit: Bridget Samuels via Creative Commons License)

many charitable efforts.

This was Brown’s third straight nomination for the honor and first win.

He beat out the Washington Capitals’ Mike Green and Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.

Brown has done work on behalf of children, the sick, natural disaster victims.

Over the past two years, he has donated or helped raise thousands of dollars for the building of a playground in Carson, Calif., Japanese earthquake victims and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit.

The money he donated to the NICU came from his decision to donate $50 for each hit he dished out last season.

His commitment to that cause has a personal meaning to it as his first son, Mason, was born around eight weeks premature and spent time in the NICU.

He has been a spokesman for the Kings’ Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Perhaps Brown’s most admirable and touching charitable act is what he did for young Kings fan Will McLeod.

McLeod, who is battling leukemia, got to “wish” for something through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His choice was to meet Brown.

“I love to skate and play hockey and always watch the games with my dad, and Dustin Brown is the best player ever,” McLeod said.

The Kings captain obliged hosted McLeod and his family at practice and a game this season. The McLeods also got to visit the Kings’ dressing room and meet the players, along with spending time with Brown. (Read More)

The NHL will donate $25,000 to the foundation established by Brown and his wife, Nicole.

The NHL Foundation Award “recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

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