It has become tradition in the organization for the team to invite the players’ fathers on a road trip once every couple of years.
For the Kings and their Dads, this took place while the club made their annual trek to New York to play the Islanders and Rangers on February 11 & 12.
With most of the players’ families living hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from Los Angeles, this presented a rare opportunity for not only the fathers to watch their sons play live, but to spend quality time with them before and after the games.
“Growing up, your Dad was at every game, but for him to come on the road and go through video sessions and kind of our game-day thing, it was great,” said Trevor Lewis.
The fathers were, in a way, a part of the team for a few days.
“It’s a real good opportunity for the fathers to see what really goes into their sons games. Not only do they get to arrive with them at the games, but also see the mental preparation and how focused these young men need to be during the day,” said Kings development coach Mike O’Connell.
The trip ended in dramatic fashion, when Tanner Pearson’s overtime goal at Madison Square Garden sent home the Dads with a win.
“I’ve got to be one of the luckiest people ever,” said Lewis’ father. “I wouldn’t trade one minute of all of the practices I took him to and coached, I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.”
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