The LA Kings Women’s Workshop gave 50 women, from seven to 63 years old, the chance to come together for five clinics to learn how to play hockey and have a blast doing so.
Participants were outfitted in full gear, which they were able to keep at the end of the workshop, received two lower level tickets to two Kings games and were able to skate on STAPLES Center ice after Kings’ games twice.
Kings alumnus and Radio Commentator Daryl Evans was the lead instructor. A member of the Kings as a player from 1981-85, Evans scored the franchise’s most memorable goal forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.” Maria Dennis, who is one of the most decorated women’s hockey players in Southern California, served as an assistant instructor.
The first instructional session was after the Kings vs. Senators game on March 6 on STAPLES Center ice. Prior to the Kings game, the participants assembled in a conference room to meet each other, receive their goodie bags and jerseys, and meet their instructors before they stepped on the ice. It was a great opportunity to get comfortable on newly sharpened skates and stiff equipment in the most premier arena in the world. Family and friends stayed after to encourage the beginners on the ice as well as have some laughs at the awkwardness of learning how to skate. Members of the Kings coaching staff observed from behind the scenes.
Each instructional session that followed was held at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, the Kings practice facility, and consistent improvement was made each week by the participants. With more experience came faster skaters, better stick-handling and more laughs as each woman avoided falling.
The last day was Game Day at STAPLES Center following the Kings vs. Coyotes game on March 27. For this reception, the participants got to hear Luc Robitaille and Cammi Granato speak to them with encouraging words before their game. The participants had already been divided from day one into purple and gold teams to pay homage to the original colors of the LA Kings. At the reception, the women voted on names resulting in Purple Reign vs. Ms. Conduct. The family and friends had a great time in the stands cheering on the ladies and their significant others. Check out this Kings Vision video 700K with Heidi Androl to see how the day went.
The participants having been skating on their own and participating in other clinics since the end of the Women’s Workshop. A majority of them will be trying out for the Lady Kings, the women’s hockey league at Toyota Sports Center, for the upcoming season.
If you’d like to be a participant in a workshop, please contact Hillary Hodding at 213.742.7874 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a waiting list.