For the last few seasons, I've been an active participant in the NHL's Fan Face Off, which advertises itself as "a place where you can have your voice heard on the latest NHL player trade, the rules of the game or your favorite team's schedule." Or as I like to call it... "a free focus group for the NHL." But I take my role as free focus group member very seriously... and I always take the time to fill out their surveys and make sure that I'm constantly writing in "Anze Kopitar" as the best current player in the NHL. (If I didn't take it so seriously I would write in Teddy Purcell.) So imagine my surprise last week when I get the NHL Fan Face Off Olympic-themed survey and saw this:
49 names. And
nere nary 1 of them a Los Angeles King.
Look, I'm realistic. I understand that the Los Angeles Kings aren't exactly household names across the NHL and with its fans. Maybe making it to the playoffs once in the last 6 seasons would change that. And I honestly would have been surprised to see Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson or Jon Quick listed here as a player that someone would be following during the Olympics. But with the media orgy that has been 20-Year-Old Drew Doughty this NHL season... you would have thought he'd make it on this list before... well, I don't know... Miroslav Satan or Marco Sturm?
Heck, you'd think Michal Handzus would make it on the list before Kimmo Timonen. (EDITOR NOTE: Did you know that Kimmo Timonen was actually drafted by the Kings in 1993 in the 10th round and was traded to the expansion Nashville Predators in 1998 for the guarantee that the Predators wouldn't draft Garry Galley in the Expansion Draft?) So who did I write in for the "Other Player" option? Why Anze Kopitar of course.
I guess the NHL Fan Face Off was just having an off survey this time around. Check out what showed up a few questions later...
Hmm, I'd have to go with "Not Applicable."
So, in the immortal words of Kanye West... the NHL doesn't care about the Kings.