On April 12, 2019, with his teammates and children lined up beside him, veteran goaltender Peter Budaj took the ice one last time as a professional hockey player.
He would retire as the winningest goalie in Ontario Reign history, a three-time Olympian and a player who was respected by his teammates and fans.
It all began 32 years earlier, when Budaj was four-and-a-half-years-old, sitting with his dad in Slovakia, watching the Canadian men's national hockey team battle Russia.
"Canada ended up winning. And I told my Dad, 'I want to play hockey and I want to play in Canada,'" Budaj said.
Hindsight is 20/20, they say. We all look back on earlier years wishing we knew more, lived wiser and had more awareness about what was best for us. You hear your grandparents and teachers rattle off cliché quotes about living to the fullest or about the legacy you should create. I’m here to provide some insight about 20 things that are important for all 20-somethings to recognize and implement into their lives.
With the season coming to an end, the NHL's top players headed to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards.
It was a night to honor and celebrate players' hard work put in throughout the season.
Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick were in town to represent the Kings.
More than 500 NHL-ers were surveyed for the 2017-18 NHLPA player poll, where players were asked more than 20 questions on a broad range of league-related topics.
This is one of the rare times players are ranked by their peers, which equated to some interesting findings. Lucky for us, the LA Kings' players were at the forefront of the conversation.