EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings routine game-day morning skate was considerably more than routine…for head coach Darryl Sutter, defenseman Drew Doughty and for the local media, all because of the presence of a seminal figure in the sport of hockey.
That man was seen on the bench during the morning skate, talking with Sutter. Later, as he made his way into the dressing room area, he stopped to chat with radio play-by-play announcer Daryl Evans. Once inside, Doughty was pulled out of an interview with the media to meet him.
That seminal figure was more than a superstar, legendary among the most legendary players who have ever played the game—the best defenseman ever to play the game, and some argue that he was the best player to have ever played the game…none other than the great Bobby Orr.
The few members of the local media who covered today’s morning skate were very fortunate to get the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand. But taking the time to do that derailed my hopes of interviewing several players, impacting my coverage today.
But we did speak with Doughty and center Anze Kopitar, and you can listen to those interviews below.
Raw Audio Interviews
(Extraneous material and dead air have been removed; click on the arrow to listen):
Drew Doughty (2:57)
Anze Kopitar (3:00)
Frozen Royalty by Gann Matsuda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. You may copy, distribute and/or transmit any story or audio content published on this site under the terms of this license, but only if proper attribution is indicated. The full name of the author and a link back to the original article on this site are required. Photographs, graphic images, and other content not specified are subject to additional restrictions. Additional information is available at: Frozen Royalty – Licensing and Copyright Information.