It was a tough night for the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on April 1 as they lost 7-2 to the Calgary Flames. However, it was a memorable evening for two Kings veterans as Dustin Brown was honored prior to the game for setting the Kings franchise record for most career regular season games played (1112) and Anze Kopitar had a milestone night himself as he played in his 1000th National Hockey League regular season game. Before puck drop at center ice, Brown received a gift from former Kings great Dave Taylor, who had the previous record for most Kings games all-time with 1111.
Also on April 1, the Kings signed defenseman Sean Durzi to a three year, entry-level contract. Durzi was acquired by the Kings from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the blockbuster deal that saw Jake Muzzin go to Toronto on Jan. 28. Durzi expressed his excitement of signing a contract.
The anthem singers on April 1 were Kim Caldwell-Harvey and Karli Webster. Caldwell-Harvey, who sang "O Canada", received fame for performing on American Idol in 2003, while Webster, who sang "The Star-Spangled Banner", was a contestant on The Voice in 2017. Caldwell-Harvey is from Katy, Texas, but has a Canadian connection because her husband Jordan Harvey played seven seasons with Vancouver FC of Major League Soccer from 2011-2017 before joining Los Angeles FC in 2018.
During the game, the Kings honored Jill Scissors for being the Hockey Parent of the Month. There is no doubt that minor hockey is growing throughout the state of California and the Kings need to be praised for recognizing parents of children who commit their time in assisting their children to develop their hockey dreams.
Below are some of the most interesting tweets from the Kings game against the Flames. The Kings final regular season home game at the Staples Center this season is April 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Get your tickets today!
Dave Taylor played 1,111 games with the LA Kings. ...and then he drafted Dustin Brown.— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 2, 2019
Tonight, Taylor honored @DustinBrown23 for breaking his record for Most Games Played in LA Kings history 🙌#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/jdv46YWIoE
Looking forward to @_kimcaldwell performing tonight’s Canadian National Anthem.— LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) April 1, 2019
Looking forward to @karliwebster performing tonight’s U.S. National Anthem.— LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) April 1, 2019
Honoured to announce that I have signed my first @nhl contract with the @lakings . To everyone who has supported me and helped me get to this point, I can’t thank you enough. Excited for… https://t.co/Oko8ka3bmX— Sean Durzi (@seandurzi) April 1, 2019