Canadian hockey fan Rob Suggitt is going to 30 NHL games in 30 days … and all for a good cause – the Make a Wish Foundation.
He visited the Kings-Oilers game at STAPLES Center on Thursday night, and was interviewed on FOX Sports West. He also answered these questions from LAKings.com:
Q: What led you to this decision?
A: I’m a life-long hockey fan, who gets a thrill out of seeing NHL games in different arenas. I came up with the idea -- to see an NHL game in every city, and to do it 30 days in a row -- a little over 10 years ago, and I kept putting it off year after year until this year, when I finally made the decision to do the trip. The charity connection with Make-A-Wish sealed the deal.
Q: How does the charity benefit … and how can fans assist?
A: I have set up a link to Make-A-Wish on my website (30games-30nights.com), with links for fans in U.S. and Canada to donate, and to the national organization they choose. All costs associated with this trip are my own, so 100 percent of all money donated goes to Make-A-Wish. I’m promoting and encouraging fans to make donations in all the cities I have or will be visiting.
Q: What has the reaction been so far in the hockey community?
A: The reaction to my trip has been amazing. I have done over 25 interviews to date, and fans stop by and chat with me all the time about my trip. I wear a very noticeable jersey to all the games – it has a big “30” on the back -- and the website address for people to learn about my trip and how to donate.
Q: What was surprised you the most?
A: The biggest surprise is how big this trip has become, with all the media attention and fan interest. And it continues to pick up momentum each passing day. Another big surprise is the number of fans from the visiting team who travel -- some a long way -- to cheer on their favorite team.
Q: What do you know the most when it comes to the LA Kings and/or STAPLES Center?
A: When I think of the Kings, I think about Wayne Gretzky and how he helped elevate the game to fans in L.A. I also think about how good of a team the Kings have become, winning two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons. I don’t know much about the STAPLES Center, but I had heard great things about the facility and I looked forward to seeing it for the first time.
Rob is from Edmonton. Follow his adventures on Twitter @sluggo_a_go_go and @30G30N – follow the Kings Communications Department @LAKingsPR