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The Kids Were the Stars at the Wild Wingers Kids Club End of the Year Party

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

It was a sea of Ducks shirts and jerseys at Knott’s Berry Farm on March 13, as 2,500 fans showed up for the 5th annual Wild Wingers Kids Club End of the Year Party.

The party, which was exclusive to Wild Wingers Kids Club members and their guests, featured a Q&A panel, an autograph session and an amusement park full of rides to enjoy.

The party officially kicked off in Calico Square with a Q&A panel featuring Wild Wingers Kids Club captain Corey Perry, as well as several of the Ducks’ young guns including Dan Sexton, Brett Festerling, Troy Bodie, Kyle Chipchura and Matt Beleskey. Ducks Radio Color Analyst Dan Wood and Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Steve Carroll moderated the panel, which featured 20 young Ducks fans coming up on stage to ask the players questions.

Some of the highlights of the panel included a little girl asking Bodie if he was ever going to score another goal. That had the crowd roaring with laughter and the players teasing Bodie up on stage. His answer was “hopefully soon.”

When asked who their favorite players were growing up, both Bodie and Festerling named current Ducks players. Bodie, who was embarrassed to admit his answer, said he looked up to Teemu Selanne, while Festerling’s favorite was Scott Niedermayer.

Another girl asked Sexton, “What’s it like being the smallest player in the league?” He responded, “I don’t know if I’m the smallest in the league, but it’s been something I’ve dealt with for years growing up, so I’m used to it.”

An adorable little boy went up to the microphone to ask his question and said, “Corey  Perry, do you like to fight?” After the crowd stopped laughing, Perry responded by saying, “I don’t like to get punched, but fighting is part of the game.” Carroll stepped in after that and had Bodie, who has dropped the gloves a few times this season, answer the question as well.  He responded, “Like Perry said, I don’t like to get punched in the face, but when you’re in a fight, your adrenaline’s going and you don’t always feel it.”

However, the biggest laugh of the afternoon accompanied the question, “What would you be if you weren’t a hockey player?” Perry said “a school teacher,” Chipchura responded “an astronaut,” and funnyman Beleskey, with a straight face, said, “I used to do some male modeling, so I would do that again.”

After the Q&A panel ended, the Ducks players stuck around to sign autographs for all of the members in attendance. Bodie and Ducks mascot Wild Wing put on a comedy show for those in their autograph line with plenty of fake fighting and goofing off. When Wild Wing was trying to sign autographs for the fans, Bodie kept pulling the paper out from under his hand so he would write on the table. Sexton and Festerling were well catered to at their autograph table, receiving boxes of Girl Scout cookies and numerous slushies from fans.

Overall, it was a great day and a great event for those in the Wild Wingers Kids Club.

For more information on the Wild Wingers Kids Club, please visit Next year’s membership kits go on sale August 1.

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