Dustin Brown has yet to spend his official day with the Stanley Cup, but the Los Angeles Kings captain has already celebrated several days with the most storied trophy in sports with his teammates and family.
In fact, as they did in 2012 when the Kings won the first of their two NHL titles in three years, Brown’s young sons, Jake and Mason, drank out of the cherished chalice.
“We kept the tradition in the Brown household. The day after (winning the Cup), the boys get to drink the big huge gallon of chocolate milk out of it,” Brown said Tuesday after the NHL Awards show at the Wynn’s Encore Theater.
Brown added to his collection of hardware by winning the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
“Ultimately, the fact that Mark Messier has a real big say in who wins it, that’s what makes it special for me. I grew up watching him,” said Brown, an Ithaca, N.Y., native. “It might be an individual award, but it’s just a reflection of my teammates and what type of team we are.”
Brown, 29, has spent his entire 10-year NHL career with the Kings, serving as their captain the past six seasons.
After compiling a career-low 27 points in the regular season and struggling for the United States in the Sochi Olympics, Brown redeemed himself in the playoffs. He scored six goals and 14 points and netted the winning goal in Los Angeles’ 5-4 double-overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
“My season was probably the most challenging and rewarding one all in the same season,” he said. “I didn’t have the regular season that I wanted, but I thought I turned it around. I came back from the Olympics in a better mindset, started playing my game, and it kind of snowballed in the playoffs.”
Brown joked about his arms getting weary from carrying around the Cup.
“I always say you never get sick of carrying it,” he said. “You just get tired of carrying it.”
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was presented the William M. Jennings Trophy for the club allowing the fewest goals (174).
Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar was nominated for the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward), which was won by Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was nominated for the NHL GM of the Year award, which went to Anaheim’s Bob Murray.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby was a near-unanimous choice for his second Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Crosby, who won his first Hart in 2007, received 128 of 137 first-place votes.
The Pittsburgh star, who beat out Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, also took home his second Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by the players.
Crosby, 26, also claimed the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring champion, with 104 points.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask captured his first Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goalkeeper as selected by NHL general managers. Rask, the top choice of 16 of 30 GMs, edged Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov (nine first-place votes) as he became the third Boston netminder in six years to win the award.
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NHL AWARDS WINNERS
Awards presented at the NHL Awards show and their winners:
Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player to his team): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player in NHL as voted by players): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vezina Trophy (outstanding goaltender): Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
James Norris Memorial Trophy (outstanding all-around defenseman): Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Calder Memorial Trophy (outstanding rookie): Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Frank J. Selke Trophy (outstanding defensive forward): Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Jack Adams Award (outstanding coach): Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche
William M. Jennings Trophy (goaltender on team with fewest goals against): Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (174 goals allowed)
Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (104 points)
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (leading goal scorer): Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (51 goals)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey): Dominic Moore, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche
Mark Messier Leadership Award (superior leader in hockey and as a contributing member of society): Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
NHL Foundation Player Award (charitable and community work): Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership qualities on and off the ice): Andrew Ference, Edmonton Oilers
NHL General Manager of the Year Award: Bob Murray, Anaheim Ducks