Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera wore a goalie mask on Saturday that was painted to promote the 20th Century Fox & Walden Media movie, “The Seeker,” as part of their Opening Night partnership with the Kings. The mask was autographed by LaBarbera and auctioned off to benefit Kings Care via the auction.nhl.com site.
"It was pretty cool, actually,” LaBarbera said of the helmet. “The guy who painted it did a great job. It was pretty cool to be involved in something like that.”
Though LaBarbera did not play in the game, he wore the mask during warm ups and was undecided whether he would have worn the mask in the game should he have been playing.
“It was the same mask that I have now,” LaBarbera said. “It would have had to have been tightened and adjusted to my face, but would not have been that much of a difference.”
Which raises another question for the superstitious goaltender, had he worn the mask and performed well, perhaps even shutting out the Blues, would he have wanted to keep it?
“I probably would have tried to keep it (if I had a shutout), but it was for a good cause.”
The mask raised $2,275 for the Kings Care Foundation, the Kings award-winning children’s charity.
Asked whether or not LaBarbera is going to see the movie, the second-year netminder said. “I just started seeing previews of it. I think I am going to go see it when we get an off day.”
MORE ON THE HOME OPENER: WHO SANG THE NATIONAL ANTHEM?
Judging by the emails that LAKings.com has received, Kings fans wanted to know who it was that sang the National Anthem. Somewhat of a Youtube star, Marié Digby is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.
According to Wikipedia, she is most known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's No. 1 hit "Umbrella", which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was subsequently played on the radio station STAR 98.7, was featured on the third season opening episode of the MTV show The Hills,and peaked at No. 10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby performed the song on the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly on Aug. 2, 2007.
HEADING TO BIG D
The Kings will practice again tomorrow at Toyota Sports Center and then fly to Dallas to face the Stars on Wednesday night. On the Kings roster, Los Angeles sports two players that at one point suited up for the Dallas Stars in Ladislav Nagy and Jaroslav Modry.
Nagy was obtained by Dallas last season to bolster the Stars crop of forwards for the playoffs, saw action in 25 games with the Stars scoring 4-17=21 during the regular season 1-1=2 in seven post season games as the Stars were eliminated by Vancouver in the first round last season. Modry, on the other hand, played in 57 games with the Stars last season, scoring 1-9=10 before being reacquired by Los Angeles in the Mattias Norstrom deal.
“It is always, the first few games, playing against your ex teammates, a little different, but you have a job to do,” Modry said. “We are trying to accomplish something as a team and the last few games we have not been as good as we should be. We have to play a lot better as a team in Dallas.”
His expertise of the Dallas area may come into play on Tuesday night when the team goes out to dinner.
“I will point out a couple of places to go to dinner,” he said. “We’ll see.”
MORE ON DALLAS
The Kings went 0-6-2 vs. the Stars last season, the first time since 1998-99 that the club went winless against its Pacific Division rival.
“Our next opportunity is against Dallas in a very tough building to play and against a team that we had no success against last year," Crawford told the media after practice today. Notice I said we had no success, we didn’t even have a little success, we had no success, so we have lots of motivation.”
Interestingly, over the Kings last 10 games played in Dallas, the Kings sport a 5-4-1 record.