Kings defenseman Drew Doughty doesn’t mind getting booed, and, in fact, it almost gets him more motivated.
“Oh yeah, I hear stuff all the time,” he said after Wednesday’s morning skate at United Center in Chicago. “I feel like I get booed in a lot of arenas. It doesn’t bother me. It’s kind of cool in its own way."
He said he once felt like saying something back to one particular fan at Honda Center but stopped before he responded.
“I remember, especially in Anaheim there’s this one guy who always sat in the same spot,” Doughty said. “After every shift, he’s continually calling my name, trying to chirp me. Eventually, it boils over. ... I wanted to say something back. I’m used to it. It’s kind of funny.
“I’ve had times where, ‘That was a good one.’ And I’ll laugh to myself. But not let him know I’m laughing kind of thing, for sure.”
The art of heckling was subject du jour the morning of Game 5. There was a TMZ report that Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had “allegedly squirted a heckler in the face with a water bottle,” near the end of Game 4 at Staples Center.
Apparently, a report was filed with the police, according to TMZ.
The Kings' players were funny when they were asked about it.
“Whoop-de-do,” said Doughty.
Said Kings defenseman Alec Martinez: “Good luck with that. I guess it’s like the disclaimer that they give that, ‘Pucks can leave the ice surface.' I guess water and other [things] come back.”
Martinez and rookie forward Tanner Pearson said that certain minor-league arenas in the American Hockey League can be tough, citing Hershey, Pa., as an example.
But players understand it goes with the territory.
“You don’t really even listen to that stuff,” Martinez said. “I guess the only time you hear it is when you’re leaving for the period, or coming out and you hear the heckling."
“It depends. Sometimes you get the big drunk guy who is slurring his words and you can’t understand him to begin with,” Martinez said. “I’m sure there’s a few funny ones here and there. As a pro athlete, it’s not the first time someone has told me that I [stink]. It comes with the territory.
“If you’re going to do it, at least try to be original.”Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times