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The Royal Half Preview: 1/28 LA vs VAN

by The Royal Half / Los Angeles Kings
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Game #5

3 pts
12th in Western Conference
5 pts
7th in Western Conference
7:30pm, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

The only thing more beautiful than Vancouver is Willie Mitchell's shirt.

You know, one of the biggest responsibilities for bloggers is to help grow the game to new fans. Especially when your words can be seen on the website of a NHL team. I was recently one of four Americans in a house packed with about 20 Canadians watching a Vancouver Canucks game. The Canucks fans were there to watch hockey, I was there for the food: deep-fried Beaver Tails. Sure, I could have sat and watched with the Canucks fans, but I don't understand the way the Canucks play hockey, nor do I pretend to. I'm not going to fake an alpha-male obsession with Canadians because, frankly, that just seems exhausting.

That being said, when having Canucks fans in your life, watching games with them becomes unavoidable. And if you live in America and have one of the aforementioned Canadian hockey fans in your life, chances are you can't avoid their obsession with the Canucks. So this article is an attempt to help you at least understand their obsession, enthusiasm and passion... and help you hold your own during Canucks game nights.


The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf

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