If the Kings need anyone to show them around Vancouver’s GM Place, Brandon Segal is up to the task. Segal, who grew up in British Columbia, said he attended many games at the arena — and its predecessor, the Pacific Coliseum — while growing up. Segal said he would be leaving 12 passes for friends and family, including his parents, his sister and her husband and his girlfriend and her parents.
Segal made his debut with the Kings on Wednesday, played 5 minutes, 29 seconds, and was credited with two hits as a fourth-line winger, the role he is expected to continue in tonight against the Canucks. Here’s what Segal had to say today…
Question: How did the first game go last night?
SEGAL ;“Last night was amazing. It felt great out there. It was a great game. Obviously we played well and got the win there. That’s the most important thing.”
Question: You only had two previous NHL games, but did that experience help you last night? Just in terms of knowing what to expect?
SEGAL: “Yeah, it definitely helped. I understood what to do last night. I wasn’t nervous. I went out there with the mindset to just get in on the forecheck hard and get after them and create some havoc and take pucks to the net. I just tried to keep my game simple. Playing those two games with Tampa last year just helped me understand the (NHL) game and how fast it is and where to be.”
Question: Did you go to a lot of games here growing up?
SEGAL: “A lot of games here, and in the old Pacific Coliseum too, in the heyday, back in ’94 when they had the tough loss against the New York Rangers. That was a tough one for the city. I was definitely a huge Canucks fan growing up, so this has been a long time coming. It’s been a big dream of mine to play against the Canucks here.”