Kings, Sabres name team captains

Emerging forward Dustin Brown of Los Angeles and veteran defenceman Craig Rivet of Buffalo were named captains of their NHL clubs Wednesday.

Emerging forward Dustin Brown of Los Angeles and veteran defenceman Craig Rivet of Buffalo were named captains of their NHL clubs Wednesday.

Brown has upped his point totals in each of his three full seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He led the team last season with 33 goals, adding 27 assists.

"Dustin has impressed me a great deal with his leadership," first-year Kings coach Terry Murray said in a statement. "He comes to the rink each day prepared and his on-ice work shows a great deal of focus. He has total commitment to this team.

Brown, 23, is the youngest captain in franchise history.

The Ithaca, N.Y., native was selected 13th overall in the NHL entry draft in 2003.

Rivet, 34, was a surprising pick to captain the Buffalo Sabres since he is in his first season with the club.

Rivet has scored 45 goals and 149 assists in 744 games. The North Bay, Ont., native was with the Montreal Canadiens for over a dozen years before being traded to the San Jose Sharks in early 2007.

The steady defenceman recorded 35 points last season with San Jose, a career high.

Buffalo acquired Rivet from San Jose for a second-round draft pick in 2009, as well as second- and seventh-round picks in 2010.