Preseason Game: Frozen Fury (Dallas Stars @ LA Kings)

Final Score: DAL 6, LA 3

So Las Vegas was fun.
After experiencing the first ever NHL game hosted at the beautiful T-Mobile Arena, I have no doubt that the yet unnamed franchise found itself a nice market.

Thoughts about the game/experience:

This was the first time Caitlynn and I attended a game as the “Away” fans. We were certainly outnumbered in terms of people in LA gear. That being said, I feel us Stars fans made our presence known. We were loud! And we only got louder as the game progressed (that tends to happen when you’re in the lead. Also, alcohol).

All day we had seen a lot of people walking around the Strip in Stars apparel, and even though we were outnumbered, we had a decent showing. I liked the amount of Victory Green we saw.

As far as LA fans go, I didn’t have any issues with them. At least in our section everyone was courteous. There was a rather loud dude behind us that took it upon himself to start a “HEY STARS FANS! YOU SUCK!” chant throughout the game. Which many LA fans took a part in. But by the end he had settled down quite a bit…and honestly it wasn’t that annoying.

The Arena, like I said above, was really nice. My only gripe is that there are not enough exits/entrances. We had to wait quite a bit to get in, and exiting was a bit difficult since everyone was getting funneled into the same exit. Then again, my experience is based on the AAC, where we usually arrive early and stay late, so we end up avoiding most traffic.


We didn’t eat at the game, but there were plenty of options from what we saw walking around. They have a Shakeshack! Plus plenty of options for *ahem* adult beverages (Alcohol. I’m talking about alcohol.)

The Arena is pretty much right on the Strip, so once the game lets out, and beforehand, it’s easy to find some bars and restaurants to pregame or continue the celebration/drink your loss away.

All in all, the game was a ton of fun. It certainly didn’t hurt that the Stars won! I can definitely see ourselves taking a yearly trip to Vegas to catch a game. There has already been some discussion about attending the Vegas Team’s season opener next year…

Stuff is Happening! (or it will be, in a couple of days)

So lets take a quick moment to recap important dates that are coming up this month and early October. The hockey season is right around the corner! I’m so excited! I can’t stop using exclamation points!

  • September 17th: The World Cup of Hockey kicks off
  • September 23rd-25th: Training Camp in Cedar Park

– Caitlynn and I will be making the drive to attend, so hopefully we’ll have some interesting content, plus some new photos to share. We will also be attending the scrimmage the last day of the camp.

  • September 26th: First pre-season game against the St. Louis Blues at the American Airline Center.
  • October 4th: Pre-season game against the Florida Panthers at the AAC
  • October 5th: Pre-season game against the Colorado Avalanche at the AAC
  • October 7th: Frozen Fury in Las Vegas (against the LA Kings)

-We will be attending this (for my birthday!), and are looking forward to getting a good look at T-Mobile Arena, where the new Vegas team will be playing. You better bet we will be documenting everything we can.

  • October 13th: SEASON OPENER AGAINST THE ANAHEIM DUCKS!!!!

So really, once the final weekend in September hits, we’re going to be a bit busy. But it’s the best thing ever.

 

 

Team Profile: Los Angeles Kings

Whether or not you like the Kings or not, they have an interesting history. They won two cups in three years and have a reputation for their physical game they make work.

A quick overview:
Western Conference
Pacific Division
Established: 1967
Arena: Staples Center
AHL Affiliate: Ontario Reign
Owner: Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
Coach: Darryl Sutter
Best Known Line: Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer (Triple Crown Line)
Notable Former Players: Wayne Gretzky, Rogie Vachon, Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake
Current Captain: Anze Kopitar
Goalies: Jonathon Quick, Jeff Zatkoff
Notable Current Players: Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Rob Scuderi, Matt Greene

Interesting points:
In their first few seasons, the general managers got a reputation for trading away first round picks for veteran players that had a way of backfiring on them and their attendance suffered for it.

Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, and Charlie Simmer made up what was dubbed the Triple Crown Line starting in the 1978-79 season. They are one of the highest scoring line combinations in NHL history.

In the 1982 playoffs, the Kings managed to beat Wayne Gretzky’s Oilers who were ranked 2nd in the league while the Kings were ranked 17th overall. In one particular game, now known as the “Miracle on Manchester”, the Kings came back from a 5-0 deficit and won the game in overtime. While the advanced in the playoffs, they lost in five to the Canucks in the next round.

Bruce McNall purchased the Kings in 1987, and on August 9th, 1988 made one of the most significant trades in NHL history when he traded for Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers for five players.

Despite having just acquired arguably one of the best players to ever play in the league, the Kings only advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals once while Gretzky was on the roster. He did not win another Hart Trophy after 1989, and the Kings did not win the Stanley cup until 2012. Gretzky had been retired for 13 years at the time.

The Kings Colors were purple and gold up until the 1988-1989 season.

Anschutz Entertainment Group is the world’s largest owner of sports teams and sports events. AEG Live is the second largest live music presenter after Live Nation. Not only does AEG own several arenas around the world, hockey teams within the NHL, AHL and ECHL but they also own a Swedish soccer team, part of a Swedish hockey team, and two German hockey teams.