The Los Angeles Kings might want to think about reserving a seat at Staples Center for actor Matthew Perry in future seasons.
"I have had season seats to the Los Angeles Kings twice in my life -- this year and 1993," Perry said during an appearance Thursday night on "NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman."
Of course, 1993 was the only season prior to the current one when the Kings reached the Stanley Cup Final, so Perry would seem to be something of a good luck charm.
The 42-year-old, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom "Friends" and currently playing a sports radio talk-show host on an NBC comedy-drama "Go On" set to debut this fall, had a love for hockey engrained in him growing up in Ottawa and saw it blossom even more deeply while visiting his father in Los Angeles.
"He's a diehard Bruins fan, but the Kings were here so he would take me to the games; that was back in the Triple Crown line days -- so it was Rogie Vachon in net and Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer and all those guys," Perry said. "I became a big Kings fan and then later on my hometown of Ottawa got a team, so then I was very, very torn. I just love both of those teams very much."
Perry was at Madison Square Garden in the first round for Game 7 between the Senators and New York Rangers, and more recently took in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Kings and New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Wednesday. He wasn't there to fraternize, either.
"It's funny, because I'm sitting in these suites sometimes and people are being very social, and I just don't feel that way," he said. "I'm just sort of staring at the game and at this point now that the Kings have gone this far, I don't even think it's fun anymore to watch. I'm not even having fun. It's just this very serious, awful thing that's occurring when I watch, because I'm so into it."
The Kings didn't help Perry's nerves any by taking the Devils into overtime before finally pulling out the Game 1 win on Anze Kopitar's breakaway goal.
"It was sort of a bumpy game, but it certainly had a big, huge, Hollywood ending," said Perry, who plans on being in attendance for Game 2 as well.