L.A. Kings EBUG Tryouts
So, I recently had the amazing opportunity to try out for the L.A. Kings EBUG(Emergency Back-Up Goalie). Due to more new N.H.L. rules this season, every team is required to have an EBUG on hand for all home games. In the event both goalies go down for a team, the EBUG has to come in and play. The EBUG is available for both teams. For every goalie who never did anything, this is the ultimate dream. I was lucky enough to get the call to tryout and here is how things went.
Dreams do come true...
So, last night I got an email from Luc Robitaille, letting me know that I was invited to attend the tryouts for the L.A. Kings Official Number 1 Emergency Back-Up Goaltender. I am still kind of in shock, which isn't cool because tryouts are tomorrow. I have been dreaming of this for over 20 years, never knowing if the Kings would have open tryouts for such an amazing position. Other organizations have done it but I never held much delusion that they would. I got into hockey late, so I never really had the chance to dream of playing in the N.H.L.
Now, 29 other goalies of no renown and I will face off for the chance to dream just a little bit more. This kind of goes to one of the core ideas of Wolf and Crown Hockey Co., that no matter how old you get, or how slow you get, you always want to try and be a better hockey player.
It's gonna be a blast. I already got a DM from trav4oilers, who is flying in from Canada to try out. Who knows who else is going to be there.
Thanks to everyone who has wished me luck so far, I'm gonna need it.
Frozen Fury XVIII
Alright, it's that time of year again, for the last time. It's time for Frozen Fury, the Los Angeles Kings annual preseason game/games in Las Vegas, NV. Until we started winning Cups, it was usually the highlight of every Kings Fan able to attend. This is going to be the last year for the event and the first year it will be in T-Mobile Arena. I'm excited to see the new N.H.L. arena, even though the intimacy of the Grand Garden Arena will be missed. Next year, we will have the (insert stupid adjective here) Knights in Las Vegas, so that will put a nix on the awesome festivities.
We are leaving tomorrow early, to get in on the party. I can't wait to see how the Gauntlet manifests itself. We're only going to the game on Saturday, but we are attempting to crash the pre-party at Tom's Urban on Friday night. The whole trip, we will be doing some Instagram Stories and posts, so make sure you follow us on Instagram. We'll probably throw some Facebook feeds in there too. If you see a Wolf & Crown hat around town, don't be afraid to say hi!
On a side note, we have a little hold up at our printers, so our New Season Release won't be out until a few games into the season. We hate being late, but it'll be worth the wait to get it right.
Go, Kings go!
Big Day of Trading!
Wow, today was wild. In case you live under a puck, there were two major trades today in the N.H.L. First, the Oilers gave Taylor Hall to the Devils for Adam Larsson in what many are calling the most lopsided player swap in the history of the league. Remind me to never deal with Ray Shero, ever, ever, ever. Excited for the Devils, they're getting one of the best left wingers in the game and their back end is still pretty solid. Gonna be fun to see Hall reunited with Adam Henrique.
And this wasn't even the biggest deal of the day.
The Canadians dumped P.K. Subban to the Predators for Shea Weber. I say 'dumped' because they obviously wanted to get rid of P.K. the person, not the player. Why else would you trade a league top 3 defenseman for another super star defenseman who is on the bottom half of the top 10 D-men in the league? The swap is, at it's base, a flip of 2 super star athletes. I love Weber but Subban is just better overall. The fans are going to love him in Nashville. Just another head scratcher.
What else is on the horizon this off season?
Oh yeah, in other news, Stamkos took a smaller deal to stay in Tampa Bay was the least surprising deal of the day. Because of taxes, he'll probably make the same as if he took a bigger deal somewhere else but you've got to think that part of it really is that Stammer wants to finish business in Tampa and bring those fans a Cup. Love that guy.
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