As the LA Kings continued to push towards the end of the regular season, Delta Air Lines gave four Kings fans a chance to travel to Vancouver to see the team continue that push in person.
At the charming Smoky Hollow Studios, just a stone's throw from the Kings practice facility, fans were treated to a night of amazing hockey stories told by former players: Sean O'Donnell, Dustin Penner, Jaimie Storr and Kyle Calder.
For Kings fans, it was an opportunity to relive fond memories and to connect with other fans. And the rare opportunity to have your photo taken with a Stanley Cup champion…
Or to have your photo taken BY a Stanley Cup Champion!
Delta, the official airline of the LA Kings, provided food, drinks, and more to a packed house of Kings fans.
The Ice Crew, Bailey, and, of course, Dave Joseph were on hand to make sure that the Kings fans felt as at home as they would have been at STAPLES Center.
Sean O'Donnell did an excellent job moderating over an hour of a, surprisingly candid, Q&A session with the crowd.
The crowd booed at any mention of the Ducks, particularly Corey Perry, jeered at an unflattering mention of the early '00s Canucks teams and laughed along with the panel as they relived some of the fond memories of their careers.
Probably the biggest shock of the night was the complete lack of pancake references.
Not only was Dustin Penner never asked about his now infamous breakfast incident, but even the menu seemed to shy away from the topic.
Chicken and pancakes would have worked just as well.
Not surprisingly, Penner regaled the crowd with hilarious stories, self-deprecating jabs and a few touching stories about his path from Winkler, Manitoba to the NHL.
All four former players revealed the paths that led them to the LA Kings and seemed genuinely appreciative, not only of the fans at the event, but of all the years of support Kings fans have offered them.
It was a wonderful evening and an opportunity for Kings fans to say thank you to some of the players and urge the team on to another win in Vancouver.
Above all, it served as a reminder that while players may come and go, they'll always be Kings in our hearts.