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KINGS ANNOUNCE OPENING NIGHT FESTIVITIES

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Opening Night for the Kings at STAPLES Center on Saturday, October 6, will be presented by the Walden Media and 20th Century Fox movie The Seeker, it was announced today by Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille as the team officially unveiled all Opening Night details. The Seeker is only in theaters October 5.

In addition to The Seeker being named the official sponsor of Opening Night, the Kings will roll out the red carpet – literally – for the club’s players upon their arrival to the arena; Los Angeles Kings legends return; and “Bailey,” the Kings’ new mascot, will make his STAPLES Center debut as part of Opening Night festivities when the Kings face the St. Louis Blues beginning at 7:30 p.m.

As part of the Kings-Walden Media and 20th Century Fox partnership, a Kings goalie mask will be painted with The Seeker images. The mask will be worn that night and will then be auctioned off by the Kings Care Foundation during the game, as well as at NHL.com. Additionally, all kids who attend the game on October 6 will receive a replica The Seeker goalie mask, and all fans at the game will receive free music download cards courtesy of The Seeker.

“Opening Night is always special and we as an organization are really looking forward to October 6,” said Robitaille. “This year’s festivities will be both a unique and an exciting treat for our fans and our players, and Walden Media and 20th Century Fox and the movie The Seeker play a key role in that. This night is going to be a great experience for everybody in our building.”

Opening Night festivities begin at approximately 4 p.m. when Kings players begin to arrive to the top of the loading ramp -- which is located at the Lot 1 entrance at Georgia and Chick Hearn Court, next to the security shack. A red carpet awaits the players, and Kings fans are encouraged to greet them as they make their way into STAPLES Center for that night’s game.

At 5:30 p.m., a special Kings Fan Fest will begin at Star Plaza (located in front of the arena next to Team LA) and will feature an 80’s rock cover band, a drumming group, select Kings alumni addressing the crowd, an AM570 Beer Garden, a Kings Cheer Card Creation station, face painters and a AAA Kings Magnet Schedule will be distributed.

Prior to the game, beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m., four members of the Kings alumni -- Rogie Vachon, (Hall of Famer) Marcel Dionne, Marty McSorley and Adam Deadmarsh -- will assist in ushering in the franchise’s fifth decade. Helping to kick off the Kings’ 40th on-ice season, these alumni member were selected to take part in this special ceremony as they played within each of the club’s first four decades: Vachon (first decade, 1967-77), Dionne (second decade, 1977-87), McSorley (third decade, 1987-97) and Deadmarsh (fourth decade, 1997-2007).

The pre-game presentation will also feature a Kings Season Ticket Holder from each decade and local youth hockey players will welcome players onto the ice.

Fans can also take a piece of Opening Night home with them. Commemorative Opening Night T-shirts, lapel pins and pucks will be available for purchase, and Kings fans can also take home a little bit of London, as the Kings Care Foundation will be holding a silent auction on the concourse featuring unique, one-of-a-kind memorabilia from the NHL Premiere Series in London, England.

Opening Night will also see the STAPLES Center debut of Bailey, the Kings’ new mascot. Unveiled last week on LAKings.com, the club’s official website, Bailey will be a part of the Kings’ revamped in-game entertainment. In addition, the team for the first time will use a new on-ice projector system; Kings Special Event Host Heidi Androl will make her debut as in-arena host (you can see several of her team “Kings Vision” video features now on LAKings.com) and in-arena drummers will be present as well to help create an even more festive Season Opener.

For all Opening Night presented by The Seeker information, and for all Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA.

The Kings-Blues game on October 6 will be broadcast on FSN West, on KTLK AM 1150 and on the Kings Radio Network.

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