Los Angeles is a special market in the sports scene and a city with no shortage of stories to tell. Young hockey player Quinton Byfield, second overall pick in the most recent draft, intends to write a new chapter with the Kings.
Nothing, not even social distancing, was going to prevent the center player from enjoying his draft day. Despite the session held virtually, Byfield will not soon forget the emotions he felt on October 6.
“I’ve worked for this my whole life, so I think it was still a great day, and probably the best of my life so far,” Byfield admitted, in an interview with Sportsnet, Thursday.
Now, the Ontarian is ready to learn from the best, and if the Kings are not what they were in the 2010s, the fact remains that this team can count on several great leaders who have put their names on the cup.
“I am really excited. Most of the core guys that were on the Stanley Cup winning teams are still here and I think it will be really good to finally meet them and work with them, see how hard they compete and what it takes. to win championships. I’m excited to learn from them and just be in LA, ”Byfield said.
Frequently compared to captain Anze Kopitar, the striker will now be able to observe the great Slovenian very closely.
A nice welcome
Never has a Black athlete been selected as high as Byfield has been, and congratulations have continued to flow for the Sudbury Wolves product. Two legends of the Californian city, former Lakers Magic Johnson and popular rapper Snoop Dogg have also given him a warm welcome via social networks.
“It’s pretty amazing. I mean, you have without a doubt one of the best basketball players ever talking about you – I’m surprised he even knows my name. It was pretty cool, having me come to LA. Reading those two texts and the tweets, it was crazy, ”Byfield said.