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.
HALF SEASON TICKET HOLDER BUDDY (HSTHB)
When he isn’t stealing armrests around Staples Center, HSTHB spends his time working on his magnum opus, The Culinary Corridor: From Camacho’s Nachos to Popcornopolis to the Victory Knot, One Half-Season Ticker Holder’s 17 Minute Intermission Exploration of Staples Center Concessions or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wetzel Dog (Revised 2013 Edition with One Extra Bonus Intermission Minute).
PumperNicholl is the Managing Editor of The Royal Half and a lifelong LA Kings fan. He actually learned how to speak English from Bob Miller by watching LA Kings games… and the Police Academy movies.
JESSE COHEN FROM ALL THE KINGS MEN PODCAST
Of all the members of Team TRH Jesse Cohen probably comes closest to actually hating the Kings. Having become a fan during the late 80′s, Jesse has seen the Kings franchise make misstep after misstep and unlike most well-balanced individuals… he refuses to forgive any of them. Whether we’re discussing the 1998 sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Blues, the Erik Rasmussen experiment or that time the Kings thought they could fool the fans by dressing Randy Robitaille for 18 games, Jesse harbors a deep-seeded resentment towards his formative years spent rooting for a terrible franchise. Only now that the Kings have finally won the Stanley Cup does Jesse feel his time may have been well spent.
Some call him the “modern day jesus of hockey photoshops” others call him “mildly talented”… but we can all agree that Matt knows WAY more about putting players heads on random bodies than he does about the history of the LA Kings.
Ironsight Design is TRH’s professional photoshopper and aficionado of retro design. He is only on Twitter to follow the LA Kings.
JACK A. WILSON
Jack A. Wilson is the official TRH Ombudsman. This is a fancy way of saying Jack’s job is to make sure #TeamTRH checks itself… before it wrecks itself. One of his earliest sports memories is the 1993 Stanley Cup Final… which is why he can never truly love. Claim to fame: he has set foot on hockey’s most hallowed grounds…The Sutter Family Barn.
Brian was born and raised in New Jersey, where the first things he was taught to say were his exit number, the lyrics to “Born To Run and “Rangers Suck!” After moving to LA 15 years ago and due to the time difference… he has spent far more time watching and following the LA Kings than the New Jersey Devils. On quiet nights, Brian pulls out his 1995, 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup VHS tapes and smiles awkwardly.
Flubber McGee is TRH’s resident Kansas City correspondent, and has survived as a Kings fan long before the dawn of Internet streaming sites. He has seen the Kings win exactly zero non-exhibition games in person. Have you ever achieved enlightenment? Flubber has, because he once witnessed Kevin and Brett Westgarth fight in, and get kicked out of, the same game (they didn’t fight each other, unfortunately). In addition to being a part of TRH, Flubber runs a Kansas City hockey blog. It’s exactly what you think it is.
As a child, King Tufficult liked to hang out at Iceoplex to watch his dad’s summer skating group that included many gloriously mulleted individuals. Some of the people attached to those mullets played for the early 90′s LA Kings. It was destiny. Since then, King Tufficult has enjoyed such hobbies as: watching his lifelong favorite sports team achieve their first championship in history, being unable to pee at Staples Center if too many people are waiting for his urinal, and “contributing” to The Royal Half.
HRUDEY CAN’T FAIL
A rambling man, Hrudey can’t be tied to any one team. But because he’s too cheap for NHL Gamecenter, his NHL universe consists only of Ducks and Kings broadcasts. What he lacks in knowledge of the actual sport of hockey, he makes up for in snark and pop culture references.
DUKE OF LA HOCKEY
The Duke has been an LA Kings fan for a short while, so he’s been very spoiled by the recent success of the team. He shares a ticket package with Indiana Matt and has managed to do the bare minimum to stay on Team TRH. However, if you do like Shots on Goal stats, obvious hockey knowledge and a
few funny hockey one liners then Duke’s your guy!
TEAM TRH RING OF HONOUR
ONE GIRL, ONE PUCK
One Girl One Puck was The Royal Half’s resident creeper. Her amazing posts, “Know Your Opponent“, have become a fan “favorite”. If any hockey player did anything stupid at any point of their life, and if someone was kind enough to take a picture, there’s a 100% chance she put it in a post. She has been a Kings fan for over 15 years, even through the years when Jere Karalahti played “defense”.
One Girl One Puck is also the co-founder of the hugely popular Tumblr page “Drew Doughty in Blue Jays Hats.” She also goes by the name “One Girl One Condom”, a name created by her #1 fan. If you enjoy pointless posts about hockey players butts, she’s your girl!
The Official 1990′s TRH LA Kings Historian, Spike was in elementary school when Wayne Gretzky was leading the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals. Somehow he stuck with the team past the mid-90s… which is hard when you’re a kid and your favorite team is led by the promise of Vitali Yachmenev, Aki Berg and Yanic Perreault. A collector of jerseys, including a game-worn Craig Johnson… Spike loves and wants any old Kings videos, especially if it’s a Prime Ticket Telecast. When not grabbing video for TRH, he can be found Producing The Fourth Period Live on XM/Sirius radio, and “Junior” reporting for MayorsManor.com.