Before last season ended, Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz attended his first Kings game at STAPLES Center.
The 26-year old is currently in his third big league season – all with the N.L. West leading Dodgers – and this year he has set numerous career highs, including games played.
He answered these questions from LAKings.com during a break in the hockey action.
LAKings.com: What brought you to the game tonight? Are you a big hockey fan?
A: We had an off-day today and I have a place right down the street, maybe a block away, I saw the Kings were playing and I wanted to come out to a game. I’m starting to be a little more of a fan. I’m from the East Coast, originally North Carolina, so I went to a lot of Hurricanes games. It’s great to be out here.
LAKings.com: As I’m sure you know, hockey is such a fast-paced sport, and baseball is kind of the opposite. What do you like about the sport of hockey?
A: I like how physical the guys are. They’re really quick with their sticks. It’s a lot of fun to watch. I mean, it’s hard to keep up with the puck.
LAKings.com: Have you noticed any similarities between being a catcher and a goaltender?
A: I was kind of watching their technique in between periods. It’s kind of funny. We do some of the same stuff, same type of stretches. A lot of the same techniques, it’s pretty cool. They drop down to their knees a lot to try to block the puck from going in the goal. We do the same when pitchers throw balls in the dirt. I’m sure they do a lot of drill work with it. It’s kind of cool to see the other end of it.
LAKings.com: The players are on skates, do you appreciate the athleticism of these guys?
A: Growing up in high school, I’d go to ice rinks and stuff like that, but hockey’s not too big in North Carolina. It’s hard to get out there and find people to play a game with. I don’t know how they do it. Every time I get out, I always try to do the hockey stops and stuff like that and it’s really tough.
LAKings.com: How about the physicality of the game?
A: It’s great. They’re just as physical as in football. Maybe not as physical, but up against the wall they get to check guys pretty hard and I’m alright with it. I haven’t seen a fight in person yet, but we’ll see what happens.
LAKings.com: What Dodger would make the best hockey player and why? What player would make the worst and why?
A: The best hockey player? Let’s see...I think A.J. (Ellis) the starting catcher would be pretty good. He lives in the North. I think Chad Billingsley too. He’s from Pennsylvania. They’re used to the cold and they probably had more hockey around them growing up. Justin Sellers doesn’t have the size to be a hockey player.
The Los Angeles Kings will play host to the Anaheim Ducks in a regular-season NHL game outdoors at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
The event – with a capacity of approximately 53,000 seats -- will be the first outdoor regular season NHL game played in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, the southern-most outdoor NHL game ever and the first-ever in California.
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Photos by Juan Ocampo and courtesy the LA Dodgers.