The past and present mingled together at the LA Kings Meet the Players party on Jan. 10 at Hollywood Park where season ticket holders were able to see Jonathan Quick
, Dustin Brown
and the rest of the Kings, along with several legendary Kings alumni, including Rogie Vachon, Daryl Evans, Marty McSorley and Jim Fox.
The LA Kings Alumni Association Presented By Toyota caught up with Evans and McSorley after the Meet the Players party wrapped up. Read on to see why they signed kitchen items and what they think of the upcoming weeklong Kings Fantasy Camp, which is set to start on March 2.
Q: What did you think of the Meet the Players Party?
McSorley: I thought it went very well. What I was impressed with is that there were a lot of new fans that were there too, people that I hadn’t seen at other events. They were talking about how fired up they were, which is great.
Evans: I thought it was a great event. We had a really good turnout, there’s a number of people who have been coming for years, and talking to the crowd, there’s first timers as well. It was great to see the ones that have been around and the ones that are starting to follow. There was a lot of positive energy here.
Q: Most memorable item you signed?
McSorley: There was a gentleman that had a picture of he and I from 1989. The shirt that he was wearing in the photo, his girlfriend was wearing here tonight from 1989 and they didn’t even know it. It wasn’t like anything they planned—I was like that’s the same shirt, and he goes, “that’s the same shirt from the photo from 1989!”
Evans: We had pieces of kitchen appliances and things like that—they just want to have things hanging in their kitchen. Everybody seems to always come up with something unique.
Q: With Fantasy Camp coming up in March, what do you look forward to most?
McSorley: What I look forward to most is being on the ice with people who really love the game. I get a chance to go out there on the ice with guys like Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake, Glen Murray, Nelson Emerson, Bernie Nicholls, Marcel Dionne—guys that I played with and been around for a long time, who are proud of the fact of what we are able to contribute to the organization over the course of the years.
Evans: Just getting out there and being on the ice with people. It’s a great opportunity for them to get on the ice, learn from the guys. I think it’s the interaction, like getting a pass from Marcel Dionne, or passing the puck to them. And just being able to exchange thoughts and things like that –it’s always a special time.