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NHL lockout: Dustin Brown is headed to Switzerland

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
Dustin Brown is headed to Switzerland during the NHL lockout. (Getty Images)

The exodus of NHL players to Europe during the NHL lockout continued on Thursday as Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown will be joining the Zurich Lions of the Swiss National League-A, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

More than 200 players have already committed to playing in Europe during the lockout, which is well into its second month.

In Zurich, Brown will be joining the defending Swiss league champs, who are coached by former NHL coach Marc Crawford. Brown and Crawford have a history with one another, as Crawford was the bench boss for the Kings during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

Brown, a first-round pick by the Kings in 2003, scored 22 goals to go with 32 assists in 82 regular-season games in 2011-12. He was also one of their best players on their way to the Stanley Cup, leading the league in postseason goals, assists, points, shorthanded goals and game-winning goals.

He also became just the second American-born captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup (Derian Hatcher was the first).

During the 2004-05 lockout, which eliminated the entire regular season, Brown played for the Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League.

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