LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings announced that players Anze Kopitar
, Patrick O’Sullivan and Sean O’Donnell will be purchasing game tickets throughout the remainder of 2008-09 season and donating them to the newly formed Kings Community Corner, presented by Valero. The Kings Community Corner will then distribute the tickets to selected local non-profit groups.
“Valero is proud to present this opportunity to the youth of LA, and especially the LA Harbor Area, that are new to hockey,” Valero Director of Public Affairs Steve Faichney said. “Valero’s sponsorship will also provide children the experience of attending games at STAPLES Center and the unique opportunity of participating in hockey training activities.”
“The LA Kings are great partners to Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Mercedes Mantilla of Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters said. “The tickets and opportunities they provide allow our clients to engage in a fun and safe activities. Attending a game is the first time many of the children experience a hockey game or have been to the STAPLES Center. This helps our mentors and mentees build a meaningful friendship, while enjoying a great hockey game at the same time.”
“It is great that our players give back to our community,” Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille said. “That is a very important initiative for our organization, and we can’t do a lot of what we do in the community without the support of our players. It is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Kopitar signed a seven-year contract extension (second-longest contract in Kings history) on Oct. 11. He was an NHL All-Star last season and was voted the club’s Most Valuable Player, the second youngest King to win the club’s MVP Award. The 21-year-old native of Jesenice, Slovenia, last season led the Kings with a career-high 77 points and 45 assists, while finishing second on the team with a career-high 32 goals. Through 29 games this season, Kopitar leads the club with 25 points (10-15=25).
O’Sullivan was signed to a three-year contract with the Kings on Oct. 7. The 23-year-old native of Winston Salem, N.C. notched a career-high 53 points (22-31=53) for the Kings last season and was selected as the Kings Best Defensive Player. Through 29 games this season, he has 18 points (7-11=18).
O’Donnell was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Sept. 30. The 37-year old native of Ottawa, Ontario played for the Kings from 1994-2000, while also spending time with Anaheim, Phoenix, Boston, New Jersey and Minnesota. He’s played the 10th most games in Kings history among defensemen (410), and has the fifth most penalty minutes all-time among franchise blue-liners (832).