Sports: Los Angeles Kings to retire Dustin Brown’s number

Edmonton Oilers announce Fort Wayne Komets as new ECHL affiliate

  Edmonton Oilers announce Fort Wayne Komets as new ECHL affiliate The two teams had been previously affiliated between 1988 and 1990. © Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images The Oilers have a new ECHL affiliate. Oilers assistant general manager Bill Scott released the following statement:"On behalf of Ken Holland, Keith Gretzky and the entire Edmonton Oilers organization, we are thrilled to announce our new affiliation with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. As one of the premiere clubs in the ECHL with a rich history of professional hockey in Indiana, we are very excited to have our future Oilers in Fort Wayne.

The Los Angeles Kings are poised to add a seventh member to their list of retired numbers. On February 11, 2023, the team will retire winger Dustin Brown’s number 23, unveiling a statue of him as well prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, per the team.

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown.

He’ll be the team’s third winger to have his number retired, joining Dave Taylor (18) and Luc Robitaille (20). Defenseman Rob Blake (4), center Marcel Dionne (16), goalie Rogie Vachon (30) and Wayne Gretzky’s number 99, which the team had a separate ceremony for in addition to its league-wide retirement.

Hurricanes sign Ethan Bear to one-year contract extension

  Hurricanes sign Ethan Bear to one-year contract extension The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Ethan Bear to a one-year contract extension, according to a report by PuckPedia. © Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Ethan Bear Bear’s new one-way contract carries a $2.2 million cap hit. The 5’11”, 197-pound right-handed defenseman scored five goals and 14 points while averaging 16:05 in 58 games with the Hurricanes during the 2021–22 regular season. The #Canes re-signed 25 y/o RFA RD Ethan Bear to 1 year $2.2M Deal. Will be UFA on expiry, 1 year from UFA eligibility.14P in 58 GPOn ice 50% 5v5 GF, 54% DFFScored 0.

Brown announced his retirement late in the 2021-22 season, saying he’d retire after the culmination of the Kings’ playoff run, which ended in seven games against the Edmonton Oilers in the First Round.

He finished his career as the team’s all-time leader in games played with 1,296, although Anze Kopitar is in hot pursuit of that mark at 1,210 games. Captaining the team to two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014, he’s remembered as one of, if not the best, power forwards the team’s had in its history.

While his production dipped mid-career, Brown never gave up on playing meaningful minutes, and his work ethic led to a late-career resurgence that included 61-point and 51-point seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Brown will be just the third individual to have a statue in his honor in LA, joining Robitaille and Gretzky.

Philadelphia Flyers hire Rocky Thompson as assistant coach

  Philadelphia Flyers hire Rocky Thompson as assistant coach Thompson served as an associate coach for the San Jose Sharks in 2020-21 but parted ways for last season after explaining that a medical exemption kept him from taking the COVID-19 vaccine. It would seem as though that will no longer pose an issue, as the Flyers welcome him aboard to help coach the forwards and power play. While Thompson doesn’t have a ton of NHL experience as a player or coach, his minor-league résumé is vast and impressive. He played more than 600 total games in the AHL and served as head coach of the Chicago Wolves for three seasons before joining San Jose.

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