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Much love for the puck
Posted Nov. 9, 2007

Marilee Lorusso
Editor in Chief

Last Saturday, I went to my first Los Angeles Kings game of the season. For those of you who do not know me, I am a huge hockey fan, especially of the Kings.

All of my friends and family know that when hockey season rolls around, I try to be at as many games as possible. It is the perfect transition of seasons for me: baseball to hockey.

I have to credit this passion of hockey to my uncle and cousin. Growing up with mostly boys on my dad’s side of the family allowed them to pass along their love of hockey to me. Sports are big on my dad’s side of the family, which is why I tune in to as many games as possible in my free time.

I will never forget my first hockey game. It was at the Forum and the Florida Panthers were in town playing the Kings. This game was extra special not only because it was my first game, but I got to watch pre-game warm ups in the penalty box.

This experience was exciting and a little scary. The players up close were so much bigger than I thought they would be, especially with their pads and skates on, along with the fact that they were taking shots off the side of the rink right in front of me, which made me jump out of my seat.

I did not quite understand the game that night, but after that game, I realized that I found a sport that I absolutely loved. At that point, I became a Kings fan.

And of course, I cannot forget about my favorite Kings game: My 21st birthday. Yes, I celebrated the big 2-1 at a Kings game with my family and friends. Unfortunately the Kings lost that game, but not only did I get tickets to come back to another Kings game, but I got a signed picture of my favorite King: Michael Cammalleri.

There is not just one aspect that makes hockey a great sport to me. It just seems like there is a certain electricity that makes the game so exciting. The game flies by with three periods of goals, penalties and of course, the fights.

There is so much emotion on the ice with the energy that comes from each shot at the goal and every save the goalie makes, that it seems like it filters into the crowd.

When it comes to favorite sports, hockey is not usually people’s first choice. For me, hockey has always been right at the top of my list, even before the Ducks won the Stanley Cup.

Last Saturday, the San Jose Sharks came to town. Even though the Kings suffered a defeat, the game was exciting as both teams scored in the first period and Jason LaBarbera, the Kings’ goalie, made some great saves. It was also pretty cool to witness Jeremy Roenick get goal 499, which puts him just one goal within reach of making history as the third hockey player born in the United States to reach 500 goals.

The final score was 3-1, but the most disappointing part for me was that the Kings did not score their only goal of the night during the ever so important “McFlurry Minute,” which would provide the fans in attendance a voucher for a free McFlurry from McDonalds. Who doesn’t love free stuff?

As the season continues to move on, I hope that people give hockey a chance. It is such an exciting sport, at least for me it is. It is a sport that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. We are lucky enough to have two teams in Southern California, including the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Anaheim Ducks.

Even though I love the Kings and the Ducks and Kings are huge rivals, I just hope that people see the excitement in the sport of hockey.
Go Kings, go!

Marilee Lorusso, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at mlorusso@ulv.edu.