Dustin Brown impressed Jack Ferreira, special assistant to General Manager Dean Lombardi, when he spoke to players at the Kings' prospects camp in 2008.
"I went upstairs and told Dean, 'I just saw your team captain speak,' " Ferreira said.
Brown became the Kings' captain that season, making him the youngest to hold that honor in team history. He has held that position since.
"You don't just put a 'C' on a guy's jersey," Lombardi said. "They have to earn it."
There is little doubt Brown has done so.
He played a big role in the Kings' playoff drive. He had four goals against Vancouver in the first round. He had two short-handed goals in a 4-2 victory in Game 2 and scored the only goal of Game 3.
Brown's goal gave the Kings a 1-0 lead in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. He also had two assists, as the Kings clinched the series. His reward, as team captain, was to be handed the Stanley Cup first.