A Modest Proposal

The Los Angeles Kings out-Minnesota Wild’d the Minnesota Wild. They played the same game that the Wild are known for… steady, defensive and rolled all four lines. The Kings looked good today. They had a bunch of great offensive chances and Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom played amazing, stopping 40 of 42 shots. But Erik Ersberg was right behind him, looking unflappable in net with 34 saves. Much like the game a few days ago against the Blue Jackets… it was boring hockeybut I’ll take boring hockey and 1 point out of the playoffs over losing any day.

Kings 3, Wild 1

Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy was out of town for the weekend, so my girlfriend was lucky enough to be able to come to the game with me today. While not really a hockey fan, she’s always up for fun and once we sat down she turned to me and said simply… “there better be a fight.”

This is her best Raitis Ivanans impersonation.

She also asked me if we were going to get to be on the jumbotron. I replied that “yes, we would… it’s part of the proposal package at games.” She knows that I have quite a dry sense of humor, but there was a genuine look of panic on her face.

A look of panic.

We had a good laugh about the absurdity of proposing to a loved one at a sporting event. But then, mid-way through the 2nd period… I noticed a camera man hanging out in our section.

The cameraman and the producer must have been there for a good 10 minutes, not-so-casually hanging out on the stairs. Then, during a tv time-out, the Kiss Cam came up on the Jumbotron and I knew exactly what was next.

Yup. Someone was proposing at a sporting event.

She said yes and the section erupted in cheers. Their friends and family popped out from behind us in the restaurant yelling and screaming. Bailey gave her a bouquet of flowers. It was hard to not get caught up in it.

It was sweet, but you could tell from her reaction that she wasn’t so surprised. Probably due to the fact that the cameraman stood in front of her and the boyfriend for so long. Memo to the Kings Promotions department… maybe wait in the tunnel until it’s time, so that the surprise sticks. The worst part of the whole thing was that after she said yes… he put his Minnesota Wild jersey back on. She was wearing a Kings 3rd Jersey, so it’s easy to see who will be wearing the pants in that marriage.

As we were walking out, I noticed these boxes outside Staples Center.

Where’s my damn bank?

I didn’t get a souvenir bank at the game tonight, did you?

UPDATE: A proper photo of my girlfriend attending the game has been added.

This is her best Heidi Androl impersonation.

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.