Being born and raised in Los Angeles, you tend to take several things for granted. It wasn't until I ventured east for college that I realized just how amazing In N Out Burger is. Now, thanks to Inside the Kings, there is a another place besides the beach that east coast NHL teams visit when they come out to play the Los Angeles Kings.
"Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau - the former Manchester Monarchs coach - talked about the Kings after the Caps practiced Tuesday. He conducted the interview after finishing some In-n-Out french fries. There's no In-n-Out on the East Coast, so several Caps officials were partaking."
It seems that the taste for In N Out extends past the Washington Capitals players and staff... check out this thread from the Washington Capitals fan message board.
And when the Bruins were in town last year, a special trip to In N Out was made:
Defenseman Aaron Ward had a surprise for the boys when they got off the ice -- In and Out Burgers! He had asked the LA King's equipment wrangler Dana Bryson (from Medford, Mass. and Northeastern University, by the way) to grab some of the sought after sliders and they were waiting in the locker room. Ward-o also allowed me and Rob Simpson to partake.
That is a tasty burger!
And the rest of the guys agreed.
"That's pretty good," said Andrew Alberts. "My first experience at In-N-Out Burger and I am pretty satisfied right now."
"It's good," said Tim Thomas, who is purported to be the hamburger king on the team. "(Strength and Conditioning Coach John) Whitesides won't like it though.
"It tastes great right now...and I am not going to compare it to anything else."
Aaron Ward, the purveyor of today's treat said that he "was the wrong one to ask. I know too much about them. And that's a bad sign.
"It's a tradition when you come to the West Coach and most teams that I've been on somehow you either make your way there during the road trip or someone brings them to the locker room.
"I did it last year when I was with New York and the year before in Carolina," he said. "It's a treat to have them."
If the Kings were smart... they would fill up opponents locker rooms with tons of In N Out on Gameday... Double-Double's, Animal Style Fries... or maybe even a 100x100!
That way, the Kings could guarantee that the visiting team comes out sluggish. Hopefully this is the game plan tonight against the Washington Capitals.