LA Kings' Dustin Brown unhappy with loss of captain's “C”

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Blues' Maxim Lapierre, right, and Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar chase a loose puck as Kings' Dustin Brown, left, watches during an NHL hockey game in St. Louis. Brown doesn't agree with the Kings' decision to strip him of their captaincy after eight seasons and two Stanley Cups. Brown aired his displeasure in a phone interview Thursday, June 30, 2016, two weeks after the Kings appointed Kopitar as their new captain. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Dustin Brown doesn't agree with the Los Angeles Kings' decision to strip him of their captaincy after eight seasons and two Stanley Cups.

Brown aired his displeasure in a phone interview Thursday, two weeks after the Kings appointed Anze Kopitar as their new captain.

Brown feels he was a strong leader while the Kings grew from a terrible team to a two-time NHL champion during his tenure. He was also disappointed when news of the Kings' plan leaked out before the club had announced it.

Brown's production has dipped alarmingly in recent years. The power forward hasn't scored 30 points in any of the Kings' last four seasons.

Los Angeles missed the playoffs in 2015 and got eliminated by San Jose in the first round this year.