Hockey Monkey to shop and check out Bauer Days. Everything Bauer was 10% off and N had over $100 in gift certificates to spend. Instead of toys for his birthday, we told everyone he needed new hockey equipment. Slowly, we replaced every piece so he's good for at least a year.
Bauer Days meant the Kings and Ducks organizations were in attendance as well.
Hockeyfest. It was a kickoff to the LA Kings season. All the players and management were there and they had activities all over the arena. You could interview players and coaches, get autographs etc. This year, they opened up the ice. Ticketholders could actually SKATE on Staples Center Ice. I promised N he could skate and we lugged his skates up there. I had no idea it would be so popular and neither did the team.
We ended up waiting in the skating line for OVER 3 hours. We won't even get into the gory details of that experience but lets just say he was over tired from the day before, we had gotten up early to get to this event, the food was minimal, excitement levels were at an all time high and the promise of what was to come lingered in the air. At one point, my friend and I had made up our minds to leave. It just wasn't in the plan for us to skate obviously. And then the line moved and it was our turn. They did this in groups and we were the very last group of the day. He had his skates on before anyone else and rushed to the front of the line. The guy running it saw him and whispered to me to let him go.
Of course I was confused. We'd waited in so many lines that day and now this guy was saying we didn't have to wait. Go ahead and hit the ice.
N heard that and took off. I fumbled with iPhone and DSLR in hand trying to make sure I captured this moment.
In the penalty box. Thats my best friend Brian. My husband had to work and since he's not much of a hockey fan, we usually tag along with Brian when we do stuff like this.
And I know there is a certain St. Louis Blues fan that reads my blog. I will apologize now for the extended celebration. When you win, you'll understand why we're still celebrating 2 years later. ;)
I have way too many awesome photos from this day. I resized them to 3x4 and converted to Black and White. My orders is on its way from Persnickety Prints so look for a mini album soon!