Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Representative of the wave of warmer-weather players making their marks on a sheet of ice, Jonathon Blum of the Nashville Predators is enjoying a homecoming this week as he returns to his native Southern California to face the Kings and Ducks. Born in Long Beach and raised in Rancho Santa Margarita, a town perhaps more known for The Real Housewives of Orange County than for producing hockey players, the avid surfer-turned-versatile defenseman became the first player born and raised in California to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft when Nashville selected him 23rd overall in 2007. A Western Hockey League and Memorial Cup champion with the Vancouver Giants where he played alongside Milan Lucic and Evander Kane, the 22 year old left 20 tickets for friends and family for Tuesday's 4-2 loss in Los Angeles, with more expected Wednesday in Anaheim (7 p.m. PRIME TICKET KLAA 830). "When the schedule comes out, I look when I'm coming out west and going home," Blum said. T...
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