The NHL’s 60th All Star Game took place in Columbus, Ohio on January 25 at Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets – and home of arguably the most boisterous goal signaler in the league.
I mean, the cannon's cool and all, kind of, but there were like two-thousand goals scored during this game.
Two members of the Kings’ roster, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, represented the organization in Ohio’s Capital city – competing in the skills competition and the game itself for Team Foligno.
Tanner Pearson was slated to make the trip as one of the select Rookies to compete in the skills competition, but not after suffering a broken fibula in his left leg.
Still, the show went on.
The Kings’ locker room staff also made the trip, along with head coach Darryl Sutter and assistant coach Davis Payne – who were at the helm of Team Foligno’s bench.
The real story, however, was Darryl’s son, Chris, who joined his father to take the role as an assistant coach along with Payne. Chris, who has become a fixture at Kings games over the past couple of years, is well-known among Los Angeles’ fan base – a favorite during home games at STAPLES Center for his regular appearances on the dance-cam.
Chris is also a regular in the Kings’ dressing room, often lightening the mood with his presence and conversation, providing the guys a different voice than his father. At All-Star Weekend, Chris wasn’t shy to get acclimated with his father’s roster:
Late in the game, with Team Foligno trailing Team Toews by four goals, NBC Sports Network's cameras caught Chris providing his team with some tips to stage a comeback.
A man who wears many hats.
Chris, Darryl, Davis, Anze, and Drew's Team Foligno ended up falling to Team Toews by a score of 17-12, but it did nothing to take away from the special weekend that was had in Columbus - the ultimate highlight of the Kings' 2014-'15 season.
Because, sometimes it's more about the game itself.