Originally written on The Royal Half  |  Last updated 12/28/11
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Game #37

LA Kings
(17-14-5, 19th in NHL)
vs
Chicago Blackhawks
(23-9-4, 1st in NHL)

Chicago Leads Season Series 1-0

5:30pm, United Center
Chicago, IL

MOST FRENCH PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS:

Cristobal Huet is earning $5,625,000 this season.

BEST OPPOSITION BLOGS:
Blackhawks Down Low
Hockeenight
Second City Hockey
Cheer the Anthem

Game #38

LA Kings
(17-14-5, 18th in NHL)
vs
Winnipeg Jets (2011-2012 Edition)
(16-14-5, 22nd in NHL)

5:30pm, MTS Centre
Winnipeg, MB

BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS WHO MIGHT BE GETTING A PROMOTION SOON:

BEST OPPOSITION BLOGS:
Jets Nation
Winnipeg White Out
Arctic Ice Hockey

I guess I have only one question about the Los Angeles Kings kinda-annual Fathers and Sons Road Trip. Does Simon Gagne's dad stay in LA... or travel with the team to act as a surrogate father to Kyle Clifford?

Because there is no way anything human gave birth to this thing.

So the fathers of the LA Kings players are heading with them to Chicago and Winnipeg in the middle of Winter. I don't know... if I were a LA King Dad... I'd probably rather go on the Tampa Bay and Miami road trip in the middle of February. But these are Hockey Dads we are talking about, so they are probably used to the cold. 

Winnipeg really is beautiful this time of year.

KingsVision has an AMAZING feature on the 1st part of this Father-Son Road Trip. Check it out.

Rob Scuderi's Dad sounds like he is off-the-boat from Long Island.

How can we really be sure these guys are the fathers of our favorite hockey players? They look nothing alike.

Nope, don't see it.

Okay, that is exactly what Brad Richardson is gonna look like in 30 years.

Kings fans... answer in the comments... who do you think these Mystery Dads are?

I know that's Brad Richardson's dad in the middle.
That may be Super Mario's dad on the left. 

From the haircut alone, I would assume that's Trent Hunter's dad on the left.

Alright... which dad is wearing the super-cool belt cell phone holder???

The dad on the left is none other than "J2"... the man who created Jack Johnson... Jack Johnson Sr.

You might have missed it last night on the telecast... but it seemed that J2 was hitting the complimentary alcohol a little too hard...

Here J2 is congratulating Reid Mitchell on his son scoring a goal Monday night.
And here is Reid Mitchell about to punch J2 in the face.

 

Jack Mother ******' Johnson didn't get his nickname from playing at Michigan...
...he got it because his father is one, crazy mother ******.
 
JACK JOHNSON SR FUN FACT: J2 won a National Championship at Wisconsin in 1973. 

The KingsVision piece even showed Fathers and Sons bonding on the plane trip.

Dustin Penner and his father watched highlights of his play... from 2009.
And Penner slept through most of it.

"5 Game Winning Goals isn't good enough for you, is it Dad?!? I HATE YOU!!!" 

"I was just pointing out that my son has the same amount of goals as Drew Doughty... but in 1 less game!
What a hoot!!!"

"Dad... you're embarrassing me."

"Sorry that you won't get a chance to see me play, Dad.
Ever."

It looks like Kevin Westgarth got the brains in the family.

This is my new iPhone lock screen.

What an amazing bonding experience for Fathers and Sons to be able to have. They really must be cherishing each and every moment of it.

Or simply treating it like every other family get together...
by sitting in silence one seat away from each other. 

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