While NHLers continue to make the exodus to Europe, Los Angeles Kings' captain Dustin Brown made his debut for the Zurich Lions of the Swiss League as his new team took on EV Zug, led by Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg.
Upon joining the team, Brown was met with some familiarity as he had already played under Zurich head coach Marc Crawford when he was Los Angeles' bench boss before Terry Murray took over in 2008. Brown was also on a line with Jeff Tambellini who was also drafted by the Kings in 2003, the same year as Brown.
While it had been quite a while since the Kings' captain played organized hockey, his debut with Zurich was a good one. Brown did score a goal but did take a cross-checking which he thought was questionable as he didn't think it would have been called had it been in the NHL.
It is worth noting however that Brown's lone goal was one that belongs on the highlight reels as he took a feed in front, making his way in all alone before deking out the opposing goaltender and going five-hole. Certainly not a bad way to kick off a (hopefully) temporary tenure overseas.
With that said, there are still adjustments to made for Brown, who is wearing #32 for his new team. Despite Brown's tally, EV Zug went on to win the game by a 5-3 score.
Next up for Brown will be against a familiar rival as the Lions will be taking on Geneve-Servette, a club featuring San Jose Sharks' forward Logan Couture. The action starts on Friday.
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