“No circumstances, however dismal, will ever be considered a sufficient excuse for the admission of that last and saddest evidence of intellectual poverty, the Pun.”
– Mark Twain

“Puns are the highest form of literature.”
– Alfred Hitchcock

Over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly obsessed with the NHL.com front page headlines… headlines that each day tend to use an awful pun. So, we here at The Royal Half are proud to introduce our newest regular feature… Pundays! Each Monday we will highlight a NHL.com headline and present the top 3 rejected ideas. Since all the talk of the NHL now seems to be who is going to clinch a playoff spot, let’s start Pundays off right…


Top 3 Rejected Headlines:

1) After Berth
2) Berth Control
3) The Berth of a Nation


Oh, and in Los Angeles Kings news…. consider the panic button officially pushed. Goalie of the Future, Jon Bernier, is coming back to the big leagues. Not quite sure what Dean Lombardi and Coach Murray are thinking here… maybe they want to rest Jon Quick down the stretch… maybe they want to remind him that there is a dude in Manchester that can totally take over his place if he doesn’t get his game together… or maybe it’s just over for Erik Ersberg.


“Hey guys, remember me. I’m the capable backup on the team. Remember last week,
where I came in during a 3-1 game and gave up no goals so we could tie and get an important point?
Okay, I’ll just sit here then.”

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.