|Ray Ferraro will appear at Hockey Fest '09 as part of the "NHL Experts Panel."
LAKings.com caught up with Kings alumnus Ray Ferraro, who will appear at Hockey Fest '09.
Ferraro currently works as an analyst for TSN and for Team 1040 Radio in Vancouver. He played for the Kings from 1995-99 and he led the Kings in goals (25) during the 1996-97 season. In 1,258 regular season NHL games with the Kings, Blues, Thrashers, Rangers, Islanders and Whalers, Ferraro recorded 898 points (408-490=898) and 1,288 penalty minutes.Hockey Fest Info
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LAKings.com: What are you overall feelings coming back to LA for Hockey Fest?
Ferraro: Well…of all the six places I played in the NHL, LA was my favorite place to live. I loved being there and any chance I have to come back…I come back. So when the Kings asked me to come in for Hockey Fest I really didn’t have to give it that much thought.
LAKings.com: What will it be like to work with your old buddy John Buccigross again?
Ferraro: “Bucc” and I have been friends for about 12 years now. So when he called and said he had been asked to host the weekend at Hockey Fest, I thought it was great.
LAKings.com: Talk about the chemistry you had with John when you two were on the air together. How funny is he?
Ferraro: He’s obscure and has a brilliant mind and just remarkable recall. If ESPN continued to broadcast hockey on a regular national level, “Bucc” would be the face of it. If he were in Canada, he’d be a star. He just has this crazy recall to anything hockey and when you work with him it’s real easy to get in that mindset. He’s a terrific host.
LAKings.com: What are you fondest memories playing in LA?
Ferraro: For sure, it would be the guys I got to play with. I came to LA basically four or five weeks after Gretzky was traded and the team was in rebuilding mode. So many guys were in and out of there. But some of the guys I got to play with are guys that are among some of my favorites. Guys like Sean O’Donnell, Glen Murray, Rob Blake and of course Luc Robitaille. They’re among my favorite teammates I’ve ever had.
LAKings.com: How did it feel to have your son, Landon, get drafted by Detroit?
Ferraro: In all honesty next to my kids being born, as a parent that was the single greatest weekend I’ve had. I’m so proud of him. He had hoped to be drafted on the Friday night, but five minutes in the second round on Saturday morning when his name was called and watching him walking around in that jersey is one of the proudest moments as a parent I’ve ever had. It was so exciting.
Ferraro will join former Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey and Kings television color commentator and former Kings forward Jim Fox in a special “NHL Experts Panel” at LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, a new three-day interactive festival celebrating the Kings and the game of hockey from August 28-30, 2009. The NHL Experts Panel will be one of seven special programming series that will be a part of the event.
LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 will feature Kings’ players, coaches, alumni, hockey dignitaries, special Kings’ merchandise, hockey memorabilia, special Q&A sessions with players and autograph sessions. All activities and events during the LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 will take place at LA Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.