PLAYER JOURNAL: DUSTIN BROWN
Dustin Brown Journal Entry Three | Entry Two
Sept. 19, 2005
First of all, let me say it was a thrill to once again be on the ice playing in front of our home crowd at STAPLES Center last weekend. The fans were loud, they had great energy, and they were into Saturday's contest (Sept. 17) against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from the moment the puck dropped.
As a player, it's hard to describe just how good it feels to make a good play in front of a crowd like that. About 30 seconds into my first shift, I checked one of the Ducks' defenseman into the boards. The roar from the crowd after that hit gave me goose bumps.
For all of us on the ice, it had been nearly two years since we last played at STAPLES Center as Kings. I really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere and I'm excited about the regular season.
I've been skating with Pavol Demitra and Craig Conroy since training camp started, and Saturday was our first chance to skate together against another team's top unit. Our role as a unit is simple - stop the other team's most skilled players from scoring.
What a great challenge. As a player, you welcome the opportunity to play against the other team's top talent. But our unit wants to do even more, and I think we have the skill to score a lot of goals while holding other teams off the scoreboard this season.
Being on a stopper line is new to me, but I like it. I think that's a role I can have success with, and I obviously can learn a lot from players like Demitra and Conroy, who have been all-stars in this league for a long time.
I felt really good on Saturday night after working through the stiffness and pain that comes with the first few days of training camp. No matter how hard you prepare during the off-season, there is no way to simulate what your body goes through during training camp.
That intensity on the ice was also very visible on Saturday night against the Ducks, a team that we have a real good rivalry with. Saturday's game was a preview of what you can expect to see from our two teams during the regular season - hard-hitting, physical play and exciting hockey.