|Bernie Nicholls will be at Kings Fantasy Camp Jan. 14-16 and at Tip A King on Jan. 17 - two great chances to see this great King.
Former Kings star forward Bernie Nicholls
will return to Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 17 for Tip-A-King 2010. A veteran of 18 NHL seasons, Nicholls played for the Kings from 1981-90 and scored 475 goals overall during his standout career. Nicholls will also be at Kings fantasy camp from Jan. 14-16 at Toyota Sports Center. Sign up today
Nicholls, along with former Kings players Marcel Dionne, Luc Robitaille, Jim Fox, Marty McSorley and Daryl Evans, will join the current Kings roster at STAPLES Center for the popular annual event. For all information, which features a unique hockey theme, visit LAKings.com/tipaking.
Nicholls - revered in L.A. for his ‘Pumper-Nicholl’ goal celebration - recently answered the following questions from LAKings.com:
LAKings.com: Can you talk about your decision to participate in Tip A King 2010?
Nicholls: I always look forward to taking part in Kings events and seeing our fans. I started my career in L.A. and I have always had a good relationship with the people. I like to watch the Kings play and I like to get involved with Kings fans.
LAKings.com: And it is a great reason, isn’t it, to return to L.A. – a place you called home for so many years?
Nicholls: I have my kids there now so that is a big plus. I also love to play golf in Southern California. There are so many great golf courses in the LA-area. Just pick one and it is great. The weather is awesome too. I am back on the east coast now, so a trip to California soon is something to look forward to for sure.
LAKings.com: Just last summer you attended the Kings’ inaugural Hockey Fest event. What did you think about the event?
Nicholls: It was great. It was also a great turnout. I actually, though, spent a lot of my time during the event signing a batch of sticks - 2,500 of them - for fans. That took four hours by itself. But it was fun to be on stage with Luc, Jimmy Fox and Mark Hardy and the I think the whole event was special. It was a great weekend for me.
LAKings.com: Tip A King is at STAPLES Center this year but of course you played at the Forum during your time with the Kings. How do you look back now upon those fun years?
Nicholls: It was really good. It was my first team, my first building, and I never did play at STAPLES Center so I don’t have memories there. I would go to the Forum on Friday nights for Lakers games and then I would be there Saturday nights for our games. We had 10-12,000 fans every night and they adored us as players and they were great to us as people. The Forum also reminds me of Madison Square Garden. The Forum is famous. It was called the Fabulous Forum and to me it will always be that.
LAKings.com: You also played with so many great teammates. Who comes to mind first?
Nicholls: Wow. That is the best part of being a professional athlete. I spent so much time with so many guys and I can list so many guys. When I first got there, it was Mike Murphy, Charlie Simmer, Dave Taylor and Marcel Dionne. Jay Wells and I roomed together. Daryl Evans was there and Mark Hardy was there a lot of my time. Phil Sykes is great. Then we got Gretzky. I can honestly say that I got along with everyone I played with and I think that is the cool part of being an athlete - the people you run into.
LAKings.com: Since your playing career ended, you have been heavily involved in business. Can you talk about what you are up to right now?
Nicholls: ACN is something I have been involved with for more than a month now. What I like about it is that it saves people money. We are no different than AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, other than we are just cheaper. I saved my mom and dad in Canada more than $90 a month. The one thing I love to promote about it is the video phone. You can be anywhere in North America and use the video phone for $30 a month. You can call anywhere in the world. For me, it is great as we can see our family while talking to them. My girlfriend is from Korea and we get to see them when we call them. It is great to use in the military as well, for the people who serve our countries. They are so often away from home for so long it is very gratifying to see their families and kids when they call. It is really cool and it is something Donald Trump has endorsed, so if it is good enough for him, it is good. He says business will be conducted this way in the future. I really enjoy it.
LAKings.com: You also call Dallas home. Having been born in Canada and having played in six different NHL cities, what has led you to the Lone Star State at this point in your life?
Nicholls: My girlfriend has a women’s golf line that is based in Dallas. It is called Designed By Jun. It has gone global and has more than 20 reps. She actually first came here to work on her golf game with the legendary Hank Haney and we just kind of stayed.