Certain sights and sounds associated with the Kings will be missing when they play the Vancouver Canucks in China.
Their Stanley Cup banners won’t hang in the rafters, and Dave Joseph won’t announce their goals. Presumably absent, too, will be Kings fans’ well-worn heckle to opposing fans that typically isn’t fit for most newspapers to print.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how the crowd reacts,” Kings President Luc Robitaille said. “We were told not to expect the L.A. Kings crowd.”
The Kings instead expect to break ground, along with the Canucks, when they play the NHL’s first preseason games in China on Thursday in Shanghai and Saturday in Beijing.