Dustin Brown, the Ithaca native and Los Angeles Kings team captain, is one of 24 players named this afternoon to the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team. Teammate Jonathan Quick was named as one of Team USA's goaltenders.
Ithaca's Dustin Brown visited Ithaca High School and Smart Yogurt with the Stanley Cup in 2012 after the Kings won the Cup. 14850 Photo.Brown is an Ithaca High School graduate who tallied 70 points in just two seasons with the Little Red. A strong forward, Brown totaled 204 points in three seasons with the Guelph Storm in Ontario before being signed by the Los Angeles Kings. He played with Team USA in the 2004 and 2008 World Championships, and was named to the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team in 2010, winning a silver medal in Vancouver.
In July 2012, Brown brought the Stanley Cup home to Ithaca to give area fans a chance to see, and touch, the famed NHL championship trophy. It wasn't the Stanley Cup's first visit to Ithaca. Cornell University hockey alum Joe Nieuwendyk is one of just ten players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams, most recently with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. Each player on the team that wins the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs gets the Cup for a day, often bringing the 35-pound silver trophy to their hometown or a favorite vacation spot.
Quick has been sitting out since suffering a groin injury in early November, and was expected to return to the Kings roster early in January. Cornell men's hockey alum Ben Scrivens is one of the backup goalies who's been filling in while Quick healed. Brown, Quick, and the rest of Team USA will be traveling to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which begin in just over a month.