When the Los Angeles Kings took on the Dallas Stars last night, they had former L.A. Dodgers great Tommy Lasorda on hand to make a ceremonial puck drop between the two captains of the teams. This was part of the program meant to hype the Kings and their involvement in an outdoor game with the Anaheim Ducks on at Dodger Stadium on January 25.
So Lasorda slowly makes his way down the carpet to drop the puck between Jamie Benn and Anze Kopitar, and this happened…
Swing and a miss!
The former baseball player gladly shakes Kopitar’s hand, and then barely acknowledges that Benn exists. Lasorda swiftly turns his back after dropping the puck, to the amusement of the announcers and the hometown crowd. Benn spoke to NHL.com about the snub:
I was actually kind of excited to see him out there, but it seemed like he didn’t want to be out there too long. He dropped his puck and went on his way. I guess he doesn’t like the away team.
This was the second time that Lasorda has pulled this particular stunt. He’d previously blown off Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Dallas would end up with the last laugh though, and would go on to win by a 5-2 final. Coincidentally, Benn would be the first star of the contest. He scored a goal, tacked on two assists and landed one hit during the contest. This was the first loss on the year for Martin Jones, who saw his magical string of wins snapped by an aggressive and attacking Stars team.