THE LOVABLE WARRIOR: MATTY NORSTROM NIGHT
Young Kings fans identify with Matty Norstrom because he was their first captain. Those of us who have been following the team for 30 years look at him with a similar love, not just because he wore the C but that he did it with such respect and honor. I loved Matty. He wasn’t the rah rah type. He wouldn’t break any speed records on the ice. An offensive defenseman? You couldn’t plan a defender more defensive than Norstrom if you genetically engineered him. Matty was all about his own zone and during the old NHL, when strength, size and punishment was of a much higher relevance than today, no spleen was safe on the ice.
An unexpected satisfaction from Matty’s night was seeing Ian Laperriere in a Kings’ jersey. I breathed deep. I missed Ian. I am so very glad he retired. Few have earned it more. Watching him on our ice in our colors brought closure.
Here are some photos in a short slideshow.