I grew up in the 70's, in the Valley. When I was 11 my aunt took me to see a Kings game. It was stick night. They actually gave us full size hockey sticks. My aunt had four season seats so I ended up with all their sticks too. The next day I was playing street hockey in the back yard. I liked it so much I asked to go to more games. It was great watching Marcel Dionne, Butch Goring and Roughy Vashon play this wonderful game on ice. Then I went to the Kings Vs Philadelphia game, after a bench clearing brawl that took half an hour to sort out, that was it, I was hooked.
Then in the late 70's we moved to Orange County. So far away. All I could do was watch on TV and follow in the papers. I missed going to the games. In the early 80's we started to hear stories of NHL expansion and the possibilty of a team in the OC. When they started a sign-up sheet for potential season seat I got together with some friends and got on the list.
Those first two seasons I shared seats in section 414, but it wasn't enough. Having gotten to only about half the games, I had re-found that early love I had for the game. I needed more. So I broke away and got my own seats. Since then I have been a fixture in the stands. I also go to away games whenever possible. Always to see them beat the Kings, but also to Edmonton, Calgary, San Jose, and Phoenix. Not to mention London. My goal over the next several years is to see them play in every NHL arena.
My fondest memory is winning the cup. At least it will be until we win it again.
My favorite player is Bobby Ryan ( man is he rippin' it up ). My original favorite is Marcel Dionne.