Euro Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

There is no deal in principle… there is no handshake agreement… there are no verbal confirmations… it’s 100%, absolutely signed, sealed and delivered!!!

THE ROYAL HALF IS GOING TO EUROPE!!!

That’s right! In early October I’ll be watching my favorite Los Angeles based professional ice hockey team start its season in beautiful downtown…. Europe! I mean, it’s the same great game but just in a different country…. how different can it really be?

The players look exactly the same.

The fans are just like us… but with more body odor!

And the people in the arena are on their cell phones all the time!

In Stockholm I’ll be checking out the nightlife with Mike Richards… and in Berlin, Anze Kopitar and I can tour Sachsenhausen and reminisce about the Slovene Home Guard who fought for the Nazi’s. Awkward!

An artists rendering of me and Mike Richards sightseeing.

So if Drew Doughty re-signs, I’ll be able to see him play in the land of wonderful German pastries. I really hope he gets his contract worked out so we can enjoy a Berliner Pfannkuchen together!

Mmm… European donuts!!
Ryan Smyth isn’t on the team anymore, Drew! You can eat all you want!!!

Now, I’ve been to some hockey games in some amazing places but I’m really excited to check it out in Sweden and Germany. Maybe I’ll even convince Peter Forsberg to give it one more try and play on the Kings 3rd line. It should be an amazing trip but I have a feeling a lot of it will be like this.

Besides, nothing ever good comes out of starting a season in Europe, right? Right? RIGHT?!?!

2008-2009 Pittsburgh played Ottawa in Sweden (Penguins win cup)
2009-2010 Chicago played Florida in Helsinki (Hawks win cup)
2010-2011 Boston played Phoenix in Prague (Bruins win cup)

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.