The Royal Half Preview: Kings vs. Blackhawks
There is a new upstart amongst the LA Kings blogosphere that is providing an unique voice that I'm pretty sure LA Kings fans have never heard before.
6th in Western Conference
THAT ARE ALSO PLAYING EACH OTHER TONIGHT:
The only one grabbing anything for the LA Kings is Drew Doughty.
Hockey isn't popular in Brazil, so doesn't have so many people who watch the NHL. But among the few Brazilian people who watch the NHL, LA Kings is one of the most popular, especially now that we are Stanley Cup champions.
LAKings Brasil: When I was a little boy, there was a famous cartoon called "Mighty Ducks" passing on tv and I loved it. And from there I started to be a hockey fan.
You win this round, Gary Bettman.
There's a website for the Brazilian Confederation of Hockey and Skating: http://www.cbhp.com.br/site/ and also has a website for the Federation of São Paulo of Hockey and Skating which organizes some championships http://www.fphp.org.br/
Turns out that Nicklas Backstrom spent some of the lockout playing roller hockey in Brazil.
LAKings Brasil: But for NHL games, has a channel called ESPN Brasil passing some games. Or subscribing to the GameCenter. There are people who like and watch the games, but very few. I think if the Brazilian government would support and invest in hockey, this could improve a lot more, but they don't do it.
TRH: Do you have friends that watch hockey in Brazil?
LAKings Brasil: I just know very few people who watch NHL. Two of them are fans of Boston and cheer for the Bruins, but my older brother also likes the LA Kings and watched the team be Stanley Cup champion with me.
But I always watch all the games alone. I would like to know more people who watch the NHL, and cheer especially for the Kings. I really wish to one day live in Los Angeles and be able to watch all the games of the team in Staples Center, and to buy the team jersey. Because here in Brazil doesn't sell, and the http://shop.nhl.com not send to Brazil.
TRH: To my knowledge, you are the only LA Kings-related Twitter account that tweets in Portuguese. What do you normally tweet about when it comes to the LA Kings?
LAKings Brasil: I like to let my followers very informed about the team. I'm always stating the day and the time of the games, how many points and what position the team is in the championship, what's new on the team. I say which goalie will play, what are the main players, which players are injured, when they return, and etc.
And I'm always commenting every game of the team... what's happening during the game, who are the best players in the game, who scored the goal, who did the assistance and etc.
TRH: Finally... who is your favorite player on the LA Kings?
LAKings Brasil: Hmm, difficult. I like many players, but currently, my favorite player is Jeff Carter, because he is a great player and is the team's top scorer, and I like the way he plays. But Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar are among my favorites too. Dustin Brown is a tough guy, a great captain and makes great plays. And I think Anze Kopitar is one of the best players, also makes great plays and makes many assists.
Dustin Penner... I like him, he's a tough guy too, makes good plays, a few goals and he plays with a lot of class and willpower.
But sometimes I don't understand what he speaks. The other day he wrote me something and I didn't understand anything what he meant. I'm still trying to get it, but he seems like a nice guy.
You and me both, kid.
So welcome LAKings Brasil into the Kings Blogosphere with open arms. Because by the looks of it, I think Gabriel is going to fit in around here perfectly. For some more information on the sport of hockey in Brazil check out here and here and here. Viva Brasil!!!
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