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Hockeywood’s version of “Twinning!”

Zander and EmmaVery often, writers are very disconnected from their readership. After grinding out countless articles with little feedback, one starts to wonder why exactly does one spend so much time writing instead of interacting.

So last season, I came up with a simple contest to reach out and see exactly who is out there. The rules were simple: send in a picture of yourself wearing a Kings jersey and you got a decal. And I was stunned by the response.

I had a ton of shots sent in, many showing a lot of pride in the team. There were shots of fans with players, with Bailey, with the Ice Girls, with the Stanley Cup. There were family shots, couple shots and shots of friends. There were old school jerseys, new school jerseys and everything in between. There were shots from Staples, Las Vegas and even one from Stonehenge. (Check out all the entries on the Tumblr site.)

The eventual winner was one of the first entries I received. It was a tender shot of newborn fraternal twins Zander and Emma, both wearing Kings onesies on a plush Kings blanket.

Everyone I showed them to just melted. And voters agreed. Through all four rounds, the twins ran wild on some solid competition. And in the end, the twin tots reigned supreme.

Their photo was sent in by proud papa Eddie Resendez, who I found out was one of the biggest Kings fans I have met. Why? Because he convinced his wife to create the ultimate Kings baby room for his son! In fact, Zander’s room puts many other man caves to shame.

There’s so much to like in this room. Zander’s name and birthday hang over his crib in the official player font and numbers. A custom Kings mobile, with mini jerseys of Kings legends twirl over Zander while he sleeps. I really dig the custom Kings jersey blanket, made with the Crown logo from the purple third jersey. Overall, a baby room fit for, well, a King.

Awesome Kings Baby Room

I was impressed and wanted to find out more, especially since I wanted to know how he convinced his wife to allow him to create such a masterpiece. So I fired off an email to Eddie, who was nice enough to answer some of my questions.

Q: How long have you been a Kings fan?
A: I’ve been a fan since 6th grade which was about 1990ish.  I had never really heard much about hockey but my older brother and I started playing roller hockey in our garage and our love for hockey took off from there.

Q: How long have you been married?
A: My wife, Jennifer, and I got married on July 7th, 2007.  7-7-7!

Emma and Zander todayQ: When were your kids born? Have they been to their first game yet?
A: Zander Edward and Emma Grace born on Jan 28th, 2011.  They went to one game last year vs the Stars on March 7th.  Unfortunately it was an OT lose.

Q: How did you convince her to let you design the bedroom?
A: Luckily when we found out we were having twins, I started working on her and after we found out we were having one of each she said I could design my boys room and she would design my little girls room.  She is awesome like that!

Q: When do you think the Kings will win the Stanley Cup?
A: I think Dean and AEG have put the Kings in place to compete for the Stanley Cup this season and I see a huge window open for the next 2-4 years.  This is the best shape this franchise has ever been in and hopefully once the playoffs start everything goes their way and they make a solid run this year.  I can’t wait for this season!

Congratulations Zander and Emma (and Eddie and Jenn), on becoming Hockeywood’s version of Twinning! And thanks to all our competitors, it was a blast seeing everyone’s pictures.

And since it was so much fun, We’re gonna do it again. But this time, we’re gonna rock it all season! Stay tuned for all the deets, Kings fans.

We’re Down With the Crown: Final round!

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It’s time for the final round, and what was designed to be a triple threat match has now become a fatal four-way. The Dave Taylor matchup was too close to be called, so rather than just select a winner, I’ll include them both in the finals. I mean 50-50 is pretty impressive. Congratulations to all the finalists.

Final round will conclude Sunday the 17th. Hopefully the Kings will be up in the playoffs by then. One last thing: I want to remind everyone to keep it respectful and not get angry over what is essentially is a simple online contest.

I never stated that people couldn’t utilize any means necessary to advance on. It’s assumed people would go to their social networks to drum up support. But the allegations of cheating between Kings fans are pretty harsh.

As far as I know, the polls on pollcode.com are legit. From their FAQ page:

We use multiple methods, including cookies and IP address data to try to allow one vote per user. Although there is no perfect method available on the Internet, we believe ours is among the best.

So remember, this is all in fun. Good luck to everyone competing.

Final round

Rachel Mantooth kid
Alan Eddie's babies

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We’re Down With the Crown: Round Three… Finish them!

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The fans’ contest has been a huge success, plus an opportunity to get to know fellow Kings fans. Friendly competitions on Facebook have sprouted up. And while I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm, I want to remind everyone to keep it friendly and respectful. This is all for fun, people. Let’s try to keep it as such.

That being said, I’m altering the contest a bit, breaking the brackets of three into brackets of two. Some have asked why I didn’t just make to head-to-head the entire contest, to which I reply that was too much work. This week, we’re going to do just that: mano y mano, toe to toe, head to head. May the best photo win!

Charlie Simmer matchup

Evan Rachel

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Dave Taylor matchup

Mantooth kid Alan

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Marcel Dionne matchup

Chris Eddie's babies

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We’re Down With the Crown: Round Two… FIGHT!

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Larry Regan Division

Round two is underway, and we have whittled down 53 entries down to the Elite 18. There were some surprises in round one, with some great battles going right down to the last day. Thanks for everyone who cast over 1,800 votes in the past six days. Round two again ends on Saturday at midnight, with the tiebreaking duties falling on my 8-year-old, if the need arises. (She was disappointed that she didn’t get a chance to decide last week.) I think everyone was able to vote more than once, correct? I’ll set it up once more to do so. If it doesn’t, I apologize ahead of time. Happy voting and let the best fan(s) win!

1.) Eddie Joyal bracket

Geoff Evan Aaron

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2.) Ross Lonsberry bracket

Rachel Sean Bond kid

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Jake Milford Division

3.) Juha Widing bracket

Stevens party Brittany Mantooth kid

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4.) Butch Goring bracket

Ethan Alan Alex

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George Maguire Division

5.) Bob Nevin bracket

Carlos Chris TREX

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6.) Marcel Dionne bracket

David Ralphy Eddie's babies

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We’re Down With the Crown contest: Part 1

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Larry Regan Division

The time has come, Kings fans. Finally, after messing around with brackets, resizing photos and trying to find fair groupings, the contest is officially underway. If I have set it up correctly, you can vote once a day for each category. At the end of the week, I’ll tally the scores, and draw up the second round of our little March Madness contest! In the event of a tie, I’ll be asking my 8-year-old daughter to serve as tiebreaker. And I can assure you of her unbiased opinion (as unbiased as an 8-year-old girl can be.).

Without further ado, here we go!

1) We Three Kings

Steve
Jim Kearns
Geoff

As of midnight on April 27th, the right photo won with 40% of the votes.

2) Fists of fury

Joseph
Marco
Evan

As of midnight on April 27th, the right photo won with 60% of the votes.

3) Two Foxes and a Lion

Cat
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Aaron

As of midnight on April 27th, the right photo won with 49% of the votes.

4) Cute Kings couples I

Rachel
Ryan
Alex

As of midnight on April 27th, the left photo won with 56% of the votes.

5) Around the Kingdom

Sean
Scott
TJ

As of midnight on April 27th, the left photo won with 49% of the votes.

6) Cute King kids

Bond kid
Duncan kid
Cannon kids

As of midnight on April 27th, the left photo won with 45% of the votes.

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Jake Milford Division

7) Royal times with friends

Hopper party
Stevens party
Strom party

As of midnight on April 27th, the center photo won with 57% of the votes.

8) Striking a pose

Jaime
Wendy
Brittany

As of midnight on April 27th, the right photo won with 51% of the votes.

9) Raising them right

Norris kid
Mantooth kid
Alyxx

As of midnight on April 27th, the center photo won with 64% of the votes.

10) Honoring The Great Ones

The Howe Boys
Ethan
James

As of midnight on April 27th, the center photo won with 44% of the votes.

11) Ready… and ACTION!

James
Alan
Marcos

As of midnight on April 27th, the center photo won with 68% of the votes.

12) Cute King couples II

Molly
Mark
Alex

As of midnight on April 27th, the right photo won with 49% of the votes.

We’re Down With the Crown contest: Part 3

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George Maguire Division

13) Two Kings and the Cup

Ricki
Carlos
Carol

As of midnight on April 27th, the center photo won with 60% of the votes.

14) Posing with the Ice Crew

Chris
Augustin
Wilson

As of midnight on April 27th, the left photo won with 50% of the votes.

15) Royal Families

The Shaftons
TREX
The Mathis'

As of midnight on April 27th, the center photo won with 74% of the votes.

16) Can’t ignore the roar

Mike
Jeff
David

As of midnight on April 27th, the right photo won with 44% of the votes.

17) Why so serious?

Ralphy
Graham
Jorge

As of midnight on April 27th, the left photo won with 65% of the votes.

18) Last call

Eddie's babies
Nicolas

As of midnight on April 27th, the left photo won with 91% of the votes. (Sorry, Nick!)