Alumni Spotlight - Daryl Evans
This week LAKings.com will feature interviews with several members of our alumni
Daryl Evans will enter his 14th season as the Kings Radio Color Commentator with veteran play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson on flagship station KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.
Evans played with the Kings from 1981-85 and scored the franchise’s most memorable goal in a game forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.”
The past six seasons, Evans has spearheaded a charitable giving program in which he donates $100 for every Kings power-play goal scored.
Originally selected by the Kings in the ninth round (178th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, the left-winger recorded 52 points (22-30=52) in 113 career NHL games with the Kings, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. Also, in 11 career playoff games, Evans, 51, registered 13 points (all of those 13 points came with the Kings during the 1982 playoffs).
In addition to his on-air role, Evans serves as a Power Skating Consultant for the Kings, having started those duties in 2007.
The Redondo Beach resident had his day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday, Sept. 15, hosting a party of 350-plus guests at On The Rocks near the Redondo Pier. He shared his thoughts about his Cup party with LAKings.com as part of the club’s alumni series.
LAKings.com: Talk about your Cup night and what it meant to you?
Evans: I think when you look at it, it was a night that you kind of look at and you know once you hear you’re going to get an opportunity to have the Cup, not knowing what to expect when it actually gets there, I think it was pretty overwhelming by the end of the night watching the reaction that everybody had toward it. I was fortunate enough to have my family, a bunch of friends—it was really neat and it was an experience that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
LAKings.com: You had about 350 guests show up to your party. That’s a lot of people. How did you go about inviting so many?
Evans: First and foremost you try to get the people closest to you, around your family and things like that. And then it’s an extension to people that you have relationships with, with regards to people that have been fans of the game for a while, also people maybe that would never have the opportunity to see it. Unfortunately, you’d like to have somewhere the size of the Rose Bowl to accommodate everybody, but I think your numbers have to be monitored in order to give everybody the opportunity to at least get a picture and get a chance to look at it—take in the moment.
LAKings.com: Was the night more for you or for friends and family?
Evans: I would probably say, as I look at it all, probably family, especially when you look at, growing up, the sacrifices your family makes when you’re playing hockey. I think it’s rewarding to actually see them and take in how special of a moment it is. I think it makes it that much more magnified when you look back at it.
LAKings.com: Looking back at the Stanley Cup playoffs, what’s the one moment that sticks in your mind?
Evans: Probably that it actually happened. I think as we watched the playoffs go—had a lot of confidence in the way the team was playing and that special things were going to happen as we continued to keep going through the rounds. I think when we built the 3-0 lead against New Jersey in the finals, you know you’re knocking on the door. Getting the last one is the hardest one and coming back at Game Six I thought it was fitting that the Cup was won and raised here at STAPLES Center in front of fans. But even though in the first period the lead was built and you know you were in command of the game, it wasn’t until the dying seconds that you felt comfortable and confident that it was actually there and from there it was just a blur for the next few days.
LAKings.com: What was going through your mind when you saw the Kings players hoisting the Cup and skating around the ice at STAPLES Center?
Evans: By that time it was crazy. As time was winding down I had one of my earphones off my head and I was listening to the crowd and then the other one I was able to listen to Nick making the call on the game. I can just feel the emotion—making the call in his voice and the fans—the noise level, the passion that they had—it was unbelievable. And to actually see that the Cup was ours for the next while--it was a neat feeling.
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Next week LAKings.com will feature a “Mic’d Up” series with stories on Bob Miller Monday, Oct. 1, Nick Nickson Wednesday, Oct 3 and Jim Fox Thursday, Oct. 4.