*Editor’s Note: Throughout the season, LAKings.com staff writer Deborah Lew will boldly seek to satisfy the burning curiosity of fans by using current events and thought-provoking creativity to get a comprehensive off-the-ice look at the boys who’ve captured our hearts and our attention span 82+ nights every year. Each edition will feature two questions: 1) The “Shot,” which will relate to the player giving the answer; and 2) The “Pass,” which will ask the player to name a teammate. Keep checking back for new exciting editions of “Off the Post!”
Ever since we were introduced to Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and The Cat in the Hat at a young age, reading has been an integral part of our lives. Aside from the New York Times Bestseller list, there are necessities like LAKings.com and Royal Reign Magazine to fill us with endless knowledge and entertainment.
With all the travel that hockey players are subject to, reading is definitely something they use to pass the time on planes, trains, and automobiles. Have you ever wondered what it is that the subject of your readings enjoys reading? Wonder no longer!
The Los Angeles Kings, in partnership with Reading is Fundamental, will be hosting their 2nd Annual Book Drive at STAPLES Center in preparation for Read Across America Day. The Book Drive will take place Saturday, February 23, when the Kings host the Colorado Avalanche at 1 p.m. and continue Monday, February 25 and Wednesday, February 27 when the Kings host the Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 p.m. and the Detroit Red Wings at 7:00 p.m. respectively.
Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used books with them to either/both games. Volunteers from Reading is Fundamental of Southern California will collect the books outside STAPLES Center’s 11th Street, Star Plaza, Figueroa Street and South West VIP entrances. Books collected will benefit Reading is Fundamental of Southern California.
Fans will receive one entry into a raffle for every new or gently used book they donate. During the third period of each game, the Kings will announce the winning raffle number and the winner will be directed to redeem their 2012-13 LA Kings team signed commemorative stick.
To kickoff the campaign, LA Kings players have answered some relevant questions!
The Shot: What is your favorite book?
The Pass: Which of your teammates is the biggest book worm?
Shot: I’m more of a magazine guy.
Pass: I see Scuds and Greener reading on the plane a lot. They have their Kindles.
Shot: Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcom Gladwell)
Pass: I think the only guy I’ve ever seen reading on the planeis Davis Drewiske.
Shot: No Easy Day (Mark Owen)
Pass: Mitchy – because he thinks he knows everything.
Shot: I just read “Killing Kennedy” (Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard), and that was pretty good.
Pass: Probably Matt Greene
Shot: The Rocket: A Cultural History of Maurice Richard (Benoit Melancon)
Pass: I’ll go with a smart guy, I think – Scuderi.
Shot: Playing with Fire (Theo Fleury)
Shot: No Easy Day (Mark Owen)
Pass: Scuds, probably.
Pass: Scuds or Fraz
Shot: Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
Pass: I’ll go with Scuds, I guess.
Shot: I reread it this summer for the first time: “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” I had a new appreciation for it.
Pass: Scuderi – he doesn’t really bring any electronics with him on the road, he just brings a book.
Shot: The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
Pass: I always see Wiske with a book.
Shot: The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Pass: I’ll go with Rob Scuderi
Shot: The Golfer and the Millionaire (Mark Fisher)
Shot: I like reading about old war stories and documentaries on snipers and their stories about how they do their stuff.
Shot: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (series by Stieg Larsson)
Pass: I always see Scuds and Drewiske with books.