Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/12/12

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 16: Dustin Penner #27 of the Edmonton Oilers stands on the ice during their game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on January 16, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Without having been on Southern California soil for eight hours after a 10-day roadtrip, Dustin Penner arose early on the morning of Feburary 13, a scheduled off day, to take part in a blogger-sponsored charity event at a local IHOP. A healthy scratch the two games in two nights prior, he was freshly removed from the American Airlines Arena roadtrip finale in which a pair of rookie wingers seven years his junior had scored while he had watched from the pressbox. Dubbed "Pancakes with Penner", the event toyed with the lumbering winger's January admission that he had suffered a lower back injury when he had sat down to try his wife's "delicious pancakes." It raised money in self-referential jest, allowing the Kings fans that attended a moment of laughing together with the player that was often the focus of their frustration. He was a good sport throughout the pancake coverage and the charity event, but he had also only produced seven goals in 62 games at the time. Despite the lack...
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