As the season winds down, we here at Rink Royalty ask Kings fans to put aside vitriol toward their Southern California rivals and support Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry in his effort to be the NHL MVP — the Most Valuable Perry.
Named today as the NHL’s first star for the month of March (15 goals in 14 games, we kid you not) and tied for fourth in the league with 89 points in 77 games, keeping Anaheim alive in the playoff race, Perry has done more than any other Perry in recent memory. This includes Matthew Perry, who joined with Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer to form the formidable “Friends” line of the ’90s, and Perry Mason, a defensive specialist who only lost one battle during the era of colorful characters such as Hamilton Burger, Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion.
Perry also exemplifies toughness for a hockey player, as seen here valiantly taking on four-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk:
Perry is also coming up for Hart Memorial Trophy consideration by some in the hockey world. It’s refreshing to see Perry get press in his MVP push from the traditional media, who often only state it’s refreshing to see fans at the Honda Center. Check out our follow-up story on this issue, “See Entire Decision In Northwest.”
In other NHL news this April 1, the Vancouver Canucks, who secured the Presidents’ Trophy with their Thursday night victory against the Kings, unveiled their new logo. It should grace their jerseys shortly after the Canucks’ April appearance in the playoffs.
Editor’s note: First, check the date of the story. And unlike some Kings fans, I honestly don’t have ill will toward the Anaheim Ducks or Corey Perry, who really is having an epic year. — DS