06/12/2012 01:30 am ET

Stanley Cup Final 2012: Dustin Brown Joins Gretzky, Crosby As Captains To Raise Cup (PHOTOS)

When Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown lifted up the Stanley Cup following his team's championship-clinching win over the Devils in Game 6, he became just the second American team captain to hoist the cup victoriously overhead.

The Ithaca, N.Y. native joins a select fraternity of NHL captains to have raised the most famous trophy in sports. In his elation, Brown dropped some profanity on live television when asked about the feeling of winning. Thankfully, some of those who have preceded Brown in lifting the Cup have been able to better articulate the feeling of that moment.

"It is a feeling I cannot explain, like seeing the sun coming up in the morning…it's wonderful." – Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

Check out the slideshow of NHL team captains below in some of their most memorable championship moments, both young and old. Playoff beards not required.



NHL Captains Take The Stanley Cup