It was yet another great trip to Southern California for travelling Canucks fans! On November 9th a small group of fans went to CBS Studios to attend a live production of “The Price is Right”. In this group was a family of Canucks fans from Prince George, several fans from Vancouver including myself and some friends that live in Los Angeles. One person in our group was called up! He made it past the first bid stage which was pretty exciting. He didn’t make it all the way but it was a great experience nevertheless. Sometimes on “The Price Is Right” they trick you. Who knew that a big screen TV would cost more than a road scooter?
The next day in Los Angeles, I went for some drop in hockey at the Toyota Center in El Segundo. It is near LAX and is the LA Kings Practice facility. It has 3 rinks and a gym and open practices where fans are welcome to watch the Kings practice.
Early in the afternoon I made my way to our hotel The Westin Bonaventure in Downtown L.A. to get ready for the game. My group consisted of a father and son, 1 family from North Vancouver, 1 family from Prince George, a couple, a colleague and his nephew and some of my Canuck fan friends that I would be meeting up with. Pre game we met in Nokia Plaza as some of us were going for the center ice group photo. One of the families in my group was stuck in traffic coming in from Universal Studios and unfortunately missed the pre game event. Los Angeles rush hour traffic, especially heading into downtown on event nights can be very frustrating!
The Canucks won the game decisively and after the game I rounded up as many Canucks Fans as I could for the postgame “Highlight Reel” group photo. Rogers Sportsnet was showing footage of it all during their postgame coverage! My cell phone started buzzing as I stood at the bottom of section 109 on a chair with my camera. I waved my hands like a conductor to get everyone singing “Oh Canada” in unison. We then took over the concourse and then made our way to The Yardhouse across the plaza from the Staples Center in L.A. Live!
A few of us got photos with LA Kings defenceman Jack Johnson. He frequents the Yardhouse for postgame drinks and didn’t mind the place being over run with Canucks fans. He was a good sport and answered our questions and even put up with my “diplomatic heckling”. I also asked him to spare for my beer league hockey team, but he politely declined.
The next day we made our way to Anaheim for another “home game” at the Honda Center. TheCanucks went down 4-0 but almost completed the comeback coming up just short 4-3. Postgame we did another huge “Highlight Reel” group photo with some cheers and “Oh Canada”. We then made our way to J.T. Schmidt’s to take over the patio for the post game party!
The next day, I took Andre and Dave, a father and son from Maple Ridge back to Los Angeles to see the USC Trojans play the Washington Huskies. We roamed the pre game tailgate and then took in the game. It was a unique experience in the historic Los Angeles Coliseum. I estimate there were about three thousand Washington Husky fans sitting in one long section. I spent some time talking with many of them and tried to convince them to support the Vancouver Canucks!
That evening we went back to the Honda Center in Anaheim to watch the UFC’s first ever FOX broadcast. “The Fight of the Night” was a thriller between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson. Henderson won in a unanimous decision and took home a $60,000 prize. For the main event, Junior Dos Santos knocked out Cain Veladsquez in just over one minute of the first round. Dos Santos took home a $220,000 prize for his amazing victory!
The next day was spent on the coast in Newport and Laguna Beach. It was a great way to end another great trip in sunny Southern California!
Check out the photo galleries from the LA Kings-Canucks game on our Facebook page:
The photo gallery from the Canucks vs Ducks game on November 11:
Watch the video (and a few trailers) of “The Remembrance Day Weekend 2011 Road Trip”