LA Kings Anze Kopitar

Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) hugs right wing Dustin Brown (23) after Brown scored an empty-net goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period on Dec. 3, 2017.(Matt Marton / Associated Press)

Together since the 2006-07 season, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown forever changed the landscape in Los Angeles. The duo put the LA Kings back on the map, hoisting the team’s first Stanley Cup in 2012 and again in 2014.

On Thursday, Brown officially announced his retirement after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 37-year-old wore the captain’s “C” for the regular-season finale, with Anze Kopitar stating that it was his decision in the post-game presser.

The Kings held a press conference for the 37-year-old on Friday, with Brown and his wife and kids front and center. While Brown shared stories from memorable moments in his career and what the future holds, he also touched on what Kopitar’s gesture meant to him.

“It just meant a lot,” Brown said. “Me and Kopi have been through a lot together, so it was just a class act by him. It just warms my heart when you have a teammate like that who has been with you.”

Shortly after the conclusion of the press conference, Kopitar posted a message for his long-time teammate on Instagram.

“So this guy played his last regular season game last night…. This “guy” also happens to be my teammate, my captain, a Stanley cup champ but more importantly my brother!! Huge congratulations (Dustin Brown) and your family on your amazing career! Thank you for all the memories and fun times we have created together. With that being said job is not done yet… Let’s go F… shit up in the playoffs! Love you brother!! #dale #brenan”

Kings head coach Todd McLellan noted that the timing of Brown’s retirement announcement could have a positive impact on the Kings’ playoff run:

“I think it’s great. It gives us something to rally behind. Every team has something they grab onto, and there’s a story behind teams that go on runs. Maybe we found ours before it even started,” he said.

The Kings and Oilers playoff matchup will get underway on Monday.

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