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Star Gazing: Celebrity Spotlight

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
By Sophie Pustil | Special to

Hockey is entertainment, and with the LA Kings situated in the Entertainment Capital of the World, the two often go hand-in-hand.

Star Gazing is a new feature on  It casts a spotlight on some of the celebrities who have come to STAPLES Center this year for Kings games.

Steve Carell
Actor and comedian Steve Carell was in attendance when the Kings blanked the St. Louis Blues, 5-0, on October 18 as part of the club’s Season Opener at home.  Carell, who has attended several Kings home games over the years, starred as bumbling boss Michael Scott on the hit NBC comedy The Office, and more recently on the big screen as Cal Weaver in Crazy, Stupid, Love.  

Cory Monteith
Canadian Cory Monteith took time out to watch his national sport (he was born in Calgary and raised in beautiful British Columbia) at STAPLES Center when the Pittsburgh Penguins came to town on November 5. Monteith is best known for his role as all-American high-schooler Finn Hudson on the mega-hit show Glee.

Justin Bieber
Teenage pop star Justin Bieber supported the home team by wearing a Kings hat in the front row when the Kings took on the New Jersey Devils on October 25. He has also taken center stage at STAPLES Center by performing at the Grammy’s and participating in events at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at the arena.  Bieber rose to fame in 2009 with the release of his debut album My World and recently starred in his own concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

James Loney
Dodgers first baseman James Loney showed some good old-fashioned LA solidarity when he watched goaltender Jonathan Quick set the Kings record for most consecutive shutout minutes in franchise history on October 22 against the Dallas Stars. Very active in the community – he has hosted a charity bowling event at Lucky Strike at LA LIVE – Loney this past season hit 12 home runs and became the first Dodger to hit three-run homers in consecutive plate appearances since 2006.

Craig Ferguson
Comedian Craig Ferguson was on hand when the Penguins pushed the Kings to a shootout on November 5.  A few years back Ferguson participated in a Kings Yearbook photo when he invited then-Kings defenseman Kevin Dallman to the set of popular late night talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which is currently in its eighth season on CBS.

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