Los Angeles Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown looks to add to his charitable contributions tonight in St. Louis. For each goon like, on-ice hit that results in a temporary or permanent injury to an opponent, Brown will donate $50 to the Trauma and Acute Care Unit at the Good Samaritans Hospital in Los Angeles. Last year he finished the season with 293 cheap hits, resulting in countless injuries, which netted a donation total of $14,650.
“This is something that hits very close to home” said Brown, “I was bullied as a kid and have never really gotten over it.”
“Dustin Brown and his family have been friends and supporters of the hospital for four years,” said Dr. Cheapé Shoté, Director, Center for Acute Knee & Head Trauma, USC Division of Blunt Medicine. “We however, ask Mr. Brown to mail in his check each year in fear of being cross checked into the next county”.
I’m sure, as Dustin readies to add to his list of injured players that he is responsible for, that he is especially sensitive to the needs of these past NHL players. “Support like we are getting from Dustin makes it possible for our faculty and staff at Acute Knee & Head Trauma Hospital in Los Angeles to continue to provide Player centered, state-of-the-art care for our mangled NHL players.
Brown, who currently leads the Kings (and ranks third in the NHL) with 195 illegal hits, last year finished third in the league with 300 cheap shots after compiling 287 knee hits during the 2009-10 season and has received the Kings’ Community Goon Award each of the last three years.
Lumpy Rutherford is the Head Sports writer for the St. Louis Toast-Dispatch. He runs the Blues Blog and is a columnist for the Rams and Cards Blogs.
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