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PLAYER JOURNAL: PAVOL DEMITRA

Monday, 11.14.2005 / 10:53 AM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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PLAYER JOURNAL: PAVOL DEMITRA
Each Tuesday during the month of October, Kings forward Pavol Demitra will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.

Pavol Demitra Journal Entry Two | Read Entry One
Nov. 12, 2005

Los Angeles is a great city with a lot to offer. Now a few months into my first season with the Los Angeles Kings, I feel like I've got a good understanding of the city that I now call home.

There was an adjustment period for my family and I when we first got here in August, but I got lucky. I had Lubomir Visnovsky, a teammate from Slovakia, here to help me. He showed me around for the first couple of days. That, along with the navigation system in my car helped me get a quick understanding of where everything is.

I'd been to L.A. before, and I'd heard a lot about playing hockey here, but I'm still surprised to see just how unbelievable our fans are. The fans pack STAPLES Center for every game. They make it exciting to play in a city like this.

STAPLES Center and the fans have been good to me so far and I've managed to score a few goals there this year. It's hard for me to explain just how great it feels to score in a building as loud as STAPLES Center. Anytime you play for a new team, you want to score some big goals. It's great to see just how much the fans appreciate our hockey team.

Lubo is a good friend and I also played with Craig Conroy for several seasons in St. Louis before signing with the Kings, so I knew a couple of my teammates pretty well going into the season. It's also been fun getting to know my new teammates. We've got a good group here and it's fun to be around those guys.

Craig, Lubo and Jeremy Roenick are the players I hang around the most. All four of us play cards on road trips. We play all sorts of games like Poker and Hearts. I've done okay in the games so far but Lubo is struggling. He's probably the worst player but that's okay. The three of us have a better chance of winning with him around.