Dustin Brown is no stranger to controversial hits. The 33-year-old King has for years been known as one of the NHL’s hardest hitters and often toes the line when he delivers them. Though Brown has only been suspended once in his career — a three-game sitdown in 2013 after elbowing Jason Pominville — he’s maligned by rival fan bases who would put him at or near the top of their lists of the dirtiest players in the NHL. But while he plays with this edge, Brown’s career high for penalty minutes is only 80, which he posted all the way back in 2005-06. He has 31 penalty minutes this season, which is already more than he had in the three seasons prior. On Thursday against Pittsburgh, Brown again threw what appeared to be a dangerous hit on Justin Schultz. The Penguins defenceman had fallen to his knees and was trying to play the puck along the boards, when Brown came in and checked him from behind. Brown was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding, and will have a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety on Friday.
Justin Schultz on Dustin Brown hit: ‘There was plenty of time to not do that’
Sportsnet | Jan 19