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Actor Perry enjoying Winter Classic experience

by Tal Pinchevsky

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Actor Matthew Perry is used to grand spectacles. The famous actor is accustomed to the glitz and grandiosity that can occasionally come with film premieres and award shows. Still, none of it prepared him for what he's experienced this week at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

"It's such an overload, it's too much. I don't even know the score in the game, there's too much going on," Perry said while attending the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. "I went to the alumni game [Tuesday]. It was fun seeing those guys. A lot of them look like they haven't lost a step."

A diehard Los Angeles Kings fan, Perry is used to attending big sporting events. He was a fixture at Staples Center when the Kings enjoyed a deep playoff run that resulted in the franchise's first Stanley Cup win. But he had never been to an outdoor hockey game, so when a friend invited him to the Winter Classic this year he knew he had to experience the spectacle firsthand.

"What's more exciting than the game itself is just watching the amount of people who are watching the game and how cold they must be," Perry said. "There hasn't been anything like this. It's a truly original game. The next idea is going to be a baseball game played on the surface of the sun. You're going to burn those people."

The Winter Classic won't be Perry's last outdoor hockey game, either. He'll be at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 when the Kings face the Anaheim Ducks as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series. It's there that Perry plans on cheering on his Kings as well as his good friend, center Anze Kopitar.

"We've become buddies. I went to his wedding in Slovenia," Perry said. "When you are fortunate to get to know some of the guys, that really changes things. I used to be a sports fan and now I'm just a Kings fan."

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