LA Kings longtime equipment manager, Darren Granger, headed to STAPLES Center on Saturday for his 2,000 game as the Kings faced the Florida Panthers in a matinee matchup.
If you're not familiar with Granger, he's one who makes sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes - often the first one to get to the rink and the last one to leave.
From protecting the players with the right equipment, to knowing what they need on a personal level, he has built trust and a friendship with every guy on the team since he joined in 2006.
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"They know every little thing," Drew Doughty said to the LA Times about the Kings' equipment staff. "They know my emotions. They know me as a player. They know me as a husband. They probably know a little too much, to be honest."
And Granger doesn't take that trust lightly. He goes above and beyond to make sure each player feels taken care of.
"One thing I do pride myself on is treating everybody the same and making sure that, no matter who you are, you have what you need to get your job done," Granger said to the LA Times.
Granger will continue being there for players during their most important times; whether they have just been traded, are rehabbing an injury or stepping on the ice for their first game.
He's always coming up with creative and individualized methods to make players better, and we're grateful for that.
Congratulations Granger, here's to another 2,000!