The day began with the LA Kings trip to the White House to honour their championship. Unlike last year, everyone was not only thrilled to be there but also accounted for.
Prior to the big festivities, Dustin Penner decided to take a shot at Timmy Thomas, who is currently hiding in a bunker in nowhere Vermont with his family who wishes he’d just get out of the house for a bit.
The men suited up to meet the President and of course looked sharp…well, almost all of them.
Also in attendance was the LA Galaxy who play for some lower level league we’re supposed to care about but don’t. They neglected to bring their trophy because it’s no Stanley Cup. If they did, I didn’t spot it because IT’S NO STANLEY CUP.
The guys apparently stuck around to hang ten with the first lady and participate in her Let’s Move initiative, which will be great for all those American kids who will google the Kings and discover that a diet of pancakes can in fact be detrimental to your health.
Later that night there was hockey to be played. And while Chicago doesn’t exactly need more publicity, Mr. T showed up to “pity the puck” but also show America that the sport is so easy that anyone can score from centre ice. He didn’t practice ahead of time because he’s an “in the moment type of guy.” Basically Mr. T is just as cool as you remembered.
It took a couple tries, but does that even matter? I sure as hell can’t do this (although if the Toronto Maple Leafs would like to let me try [not that they do this sort of thing] I would be pretty stoked).
If this doesn’t make it on ESPN then I don’t know what will. Think of all the surprised US sports fans who will not only get to see this great gem but simultaneously discover that the NHL lockout is in fact over. It’s a win/win.
Yes, it was a good day for hockey in America.