LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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LOS ANGELES — On June 17, the Los Angeles Kings
made official what had been mostly a foregone conclusion for a few weeks…that right wing Dustin Brown
was captain no more.
Indeed, the Kings announced a changing of the guard, with center Anze Kopitar being named their new captain.
Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi told the media during a conference call that the reasons for the change were two-fold. But he stressed that the primary reason was that it’s time to expand the horizons of other players and allow them further growth.
“There’s a number of things that go into this,” said Lombardi. “Number one, being a captain, there’s no doubt that you’re not only responsible for your own game, but 23 other players. That is an enormous responsibility. That’s an enormous amount of work to be responsible for twenty people. The second part of this—you know how I feel about culture and chemistry and the things that don’t necessarily show up on a chart, or anything of that nature. My feeling on this is that, at some point, there has to be an evolution in the growth of some of your other players, the players who have come through the system. It’s essentially their turn.”
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