It was an emotional Opening Night for the LA Kings as they honored employee Christiana Duarte and the victims of the tragic events in Las Vegas this past Sunday.
The entire Kings organization came together to show their support and offer their assistance for the Duarte family as the Kings hosted the Philadelphia Flyers.
"A lot of us are parents, and it breaks our hearts to know what all of these families and their friends are going through. We hope our donation shows Chrissy's family how much she meant to our organization," Kings forward Jeff Carter said.
Video: The LA Kings pay tribute to Christiana Duarte
Through the Kings 50/50 Raffle, fans at the game raised $27,645 that will be donated by the Kings Care Foundation to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund.
In addition, Kings players will be making their own donation directly to Chrissy's family in her honor.
"We lost Chrissy and a lot of Kings fans in this senseless tragedy," said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. "We want everyone to know they won't be forgotten and our thoughts are with their families and friends."
Kings players wore a special "CD" sticker on the back of their helmets during the game, and all Kings staff members donned a special pin bearing Chrissy's initials in her honor.
The Kings are still encouraging everyone to help support Duarte's family through their official GoFundMe page: LAKings.com/Chrissy
Remembering Christiana "Chrissy" Duarte
Chrissy started with the Kings this summer as a Fan Service Associate. Her previous work experience included the Los Angeles Rams (Corporate Sponsorships Training Camp Intern); Arizona Diamondbacks (Sales Intern); Tuscon Roadrunners Hockey (Operations and Promotions Intern); and the University of Arizona (Operations and Marketing Intern).
She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration this past May and was active on campus, where she played intramural soccer, softball and volleyball, and was a Member of the Sports Marketing Association in Tucson. She was a resident of Redondo Beach.