Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times has a great article today talking about the rise of Brown from quiet, shy, and unassuming rookie, to team captain, and the struggles he dealt with along the way. And by struggles, I of course mean teammates like Avery.
"I'm one of those people that once I'm comfortable and get to know a person, I open up," Brown said. "Hockey was the easy part, but fitting in socially with an older team was hard." Add Sean Avery, who often selected Brown to ridicule. Brown has had a slight lisp since childhood. "I can talk without it," he said, "but I have to really think about it. When I try to think about it, I feel uncomfortable." It was something that Brown said was unimportant, but Avery would mock his speech, among other things. The friction in the room resulted in fist fights, with other Kings players jumping in on Brown's side.It's worth pointing out that Avery loves women's clothing and played with dolls as a young child.
Brown, meanwhile, has blossomed into one of the best young power forwards in the NHL, constantly near the top of the league in hits while also developing into a 30-goal scorer.
The Kings host Avery and his newest team, the Dallas Stars, tonight at the Staples Center.