Los Angeles – Tickets were completely sold out to yesterday's Hockey Fest 2013, hosted by the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. The event, held annually, offered some great opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with team management and the players.
The day's events kicked off with a "Townhall Meeting," featuring the coaching staff and General Manager Dean Lombardi. Master of Ceremonies, Bob Miller invited questions from the fans, who were more than eager to learn about the inside processes behind trades and acquisitions of new players.
At the end of the morning panel, the entire team was introduced onto the ice, when team captain Dustin Brown made a few remarks.
Among the events scheduled for the remainder of the day, the always-popular Kids Press Conference proved to be a big hit, and fans waited in line for hours for locker room tours, and autographs from some Kings players.
New to this year's Hockey Fest were the open skate sessions, where attendees were able to skate on Staples Center ice.
Some fans expressed frustration due to the long wait times for certain activities, but others were satisfied with what they experienced. Some attendees even noted that while waiting in line, Kings players, President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille, Nick Nickson, Daryl Evans, and other Kings staff made brief appearances to chat and sign autographs.
Overall, the event proved to be a fun opening to the season, and provided great opportunities for fans to get back into the excitement of the pursuit of the Cup.