What's the most important thing I learned from watching the NBC Sports Network's debut of "Mike Richards NHL36" last night?
That it's someone's job to change out the dressing room nameplates depending on which jersey the LA Kings are wearing that night.
Out of all the NHL36 series so far, I found last night's edition following Mike Richards for the 36 hours before his game with the Phoenix Coyotes to be the most interesting. And it really showed me that Mike Richards is the kind of guy who wears his passion for his team on his sleeve.
Well, at least he's a fan of winning teams. Right, Drew Doughty?
The show spent the majority of time giving viewers an intimate look into the life of Mike Richards off the ice.
Look, I love Mike Richards as much as the next guy... but when do we start talking about how every time he's on TV, Richards is wearing something that basically says "Redneck Rebellion."
NHL36 also provided an intimate look into Mike Richards home life.
Like literally... that's his house. And I'd have to think it'd be pretty easy to find now. I just wish there was an easier way to know exactly where Mike Richards lives.
The female fan base in Los Angeles thanks you, NBC Sports Network.
NHL36 also gave us a preview of an upcoming new series for HBO.
Worst. Episode. Of Entourage. Ever. I'm not calling out anyone's masculinity... but I love that Drew Doughty has a white iPhone.
While Richards, Drew Doughty and Trevor Lewis were scarfing down some spicy tuna crispy rice, they had time to participate in one of the LA Kings most popular hazing practices...
Making Andrei Loktionov eat by himself.
But how much footage of Drew Doughty eating sushi with Mike Richards can you really watch? NHL36 also gave us an in-depth look into the Los Angeles Kings organization.
Would you like something to read? Do you have anything light? How about this leaflet, "LA Kings Hall of Famers?
NHL36 also took the time to talk with Kings GM, Dean Lombardi, about the impact Mike Richards has had on his team not scoring at all this season and probably putting his job in jeopardy.
Seriously, what local community service award did they have to drag out of the closet to put in the background of this interview set? Cause that sure as hell ain't any Pacific Division Champion trophy.
In addition to the hardcore hockey fan, the purpose of the NHL36 series to open up the game to newer fans, especially women. And it seems like NBC Sports Network knows how to appeal to that target audience well.
By showing video of Jon Bernier eating breakfast.
Oceans 14 and Oceans 10.
Only one man can make stripes and patterns play as well together as Jordan Nolan and Dwight King.
For me, a big mystery was solved while watching NHL36 Wednesday night.
Why, yes... Mike Richards does have awful tattoos.
You have to give it to the film crew of NHL36. While it may not be as well-produced or as intimate a look as HBO's 24/7 series is... the producers of NHL36 were able to quickly figure out Darryl Sutter's best side for the camera.
While the NHL36 featuring Mike Richards might have been a hit with the fans... losing the same night to the Colorado Avalanche doesn't have quite the same appeal. I wish there was some way to visually represent what it feels like to be a LA Kings hockey fan the last couple weeks.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are reunited at last.
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will be able to rejoice once again.
From Philadelphia to Los Angeles — or 2,600 miles apart — two drinking buddies can rekindle the time lost while Mike Richards was shipped to the Kings while Carter was moved to Columbus.
With today’s blockbuster deal, there’s many questions if...
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Exactly 7 month ago today, the Philadelphia Flyers shocked the hockey world trading Captain Mike Richards and leading scorer Jeff Carter on the same day in separate trades.
Richards went to the Kings, where he was expected to join an already potent attack force. The likes of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner, and Dustin Brown offered both skill and size up front...
<a href="http://www.mogreet.com/moshare/it/" class="moshare-button-21" data-message="According to TSN's Bob McKenzie a.k.a. "The Hockey Insider," the L.A. Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets are inching closer to striking a deal that would send Jeff Carter to the Kings.
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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider, Willie Mitchell has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Kings worth $7 million. Mitchell, who will turn 35 in April, had signed a two-year, $7-million contract with the Kings in Aug. 2010 as an unrestricted free agent.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round draft selection in either the 2012 or 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Kings Pres...
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