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by Deborah Lew / Los Angeles Kings

There is a new but familiar face behind the mic at LA Kings home games this season, as former Ice Crew member Carrlyn Bathe finds herself in the role of in-arena co-host, opposite Jay Flats.

It may seem like a logical transition to go from the Ice Crew to in-arena host, just as Flats did, but there is much that doesn’t meet the eye when it comes to the bubbly blonde who has made her plastic-rimmed glasses a necessary – and functional – fashion accessory.

The 25-year-old native of Scarborough, Maine grew up surrounded by hockey. Her father, Frank, played nine seasons in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, and is best friends with former Kings head coach Terry Murray. All four Bathe brothers helped to show Carrlyn the ropes when she decided to take up hockey herself at the age of four.

“My mom first put me in figure skates, but I absolutely hated it because it wasn’t what my brothers were doing,” recalls Carrlyn. “Once they got me on the pond in hockey skates I loved it.”

Carrlyn started playing organized hockey at the age of seven, and played all the way through high school on the girls varsity team.

“She was probably one of the better ones out of the four boys I have,” laughs Frank, who jokes that Carrlyn is the only one of his five children to make it in the NHL.

One day, Frank drove the 15 miles from his home to watch his daughter’s high school hockey game. He was punctual, as his wife had requested, and saw Carrlyn play one shift. But he lost sight of her after that.

Ten minutes later, Carrlyn was standing next to her dad.

“I said ‘what are you doing here?’” Frank remembers. “She said ‘the ref gave me a penalty and I didn’t like it, so I’m not sitting there anymore.’ That’s how stubborn she is. She’s stubborn and hard-working, but honest.”

At 19, Carrlyn decided to give up the small town life and take her stubborn, hard-working honesty to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in entertainment.

She began taking improvisational comedy classes at The Groundlings, and is currently enrolled in hosting classes, voice lessons and the Journalism program at Pierce College.

She saw the ad for the inaugural LA Kings Ice Crew back in 2008, and showed up to auditions in jeans, a t-shirt and her hair in braids, with a pair of used skates she’d just purchased for auditions and hadn’t even worn once.

“Despite what she was wearing, she really shined. She was a really strong skater, obviously,” says Brooklyn Boyars, Director of Game Presentation and Events for the Kings. “What I liked about her was that she was a really pretty girl who didn’t seem to take herself that seriously.”

Aside from going after her career goals, there is very little about Carrlyn’s life that can be described using the word ‘serious.’

“I think my friends think I’m pretty goofy, honestly – maybe a little dorky too,” admits Carrlyn. “I like superhero movies, heavy metal music and the standard nerd stuff. I’m kind of a peculiar package.”

Considering Carrlyn openly admits to being kicked out of a hockey game for wielding a two-handed slash on an opponent, and proudly claims to hold the record for most falls by a single Kings Ice Girl – the number is seven for anyone keeping score at home – it is safe to say her self-assessment is fairly accurate.

“She is a goofball. She is very kind, very friendly, very outgoing, but she is a goofball. She laughs at herself, she’s clumsy, but I think that’s one of her strengths,” says Boyars, who has been Carrlyn’s manager since they both began working for the Kings during the ’08-’09 season.

It’s this combination of honesty, goofiness and quirkiness that gives Carrlyn a rare appeal in the entertainment industry.

“How that comes off to the average person is very real. She’s one of those people you look at and you say ‘I want to be friends with her,’” explains Boyars.

The idea to place Carrlyn in the in-arena co-host role came partially from Carrlyn’s own improvisational background and the type of color commentary she could add to in-game elements, as well as the unique perspective she brings to the Kings and the sport of hockey.

“She grew up around hockey, she can talk shop, she knows the sport, she can play,” declares Boyars. “But at the same time, she’s a girly girl.”

It’s obvious Carrlyn’s new role with the Kings embodies her perfectly, but the same could be said in reverse.

“Life is more fun when you get to do what you love and be surrounded by a sport you can’t live without,” gushes Carrlyn. “It makes life easy. I’m literally living the dream.”

If the sincere charm that Carrlyn exudes isn’t already obvious from afar, bear in mind that while Brooklyn dished about her new host, she couldn’t help but laugh before each answer – not AT Carrlyn, but BECAUSE of her.

So the next time Carrlyn busts out her best Schwarzenegger impression or exhibits another part of her spunky wit, go ahead and laugh.

She’ll probably beat you to it.

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