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Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

There were smiles and polite words about group leadership, and the coach said the captain had been asked to relinquish his position to a teammate and, as “a gentleman,” he had agreed to do so.

Was this all about Kings captain Dustin Brown stepping aside for his friend and teammate, $80-million man Anze Kopitar?

Well, not yet.

The example occurred at training camp in 1989 when the Kings’ Wayne Gretzky took over captaincy from a franchise icon, Dave Taylor, who had been the team’s leader since the 1985-86 season.

(Long forgotten in hockey lore was that Gretzky was not the Kings’ captain his first season in Los Angeles. It unfolded...

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