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Paul LaDue’s first NHL goal becomes father-son moment on Kings’ trip

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Robert Morales

EL SEGUNDO — Every other season the Kings invite the fathers of all their players to a road game to get together and cheer on their sons. Little did Paul LaDue know how well that would work out for him and his father at Tuesday’s game in Dallas.

LaDue scored the first goal of his young career early in the first period of the Kings’ 3-0 victory. After practice Friday, he smiled when talking about a memory he’ll always have with his father, Jay.

“It was unbelievable,” LaDue said. “With everything he’s done for me, I wouldn’t be here without him. To have him there, it was great. And I know he really enjoyed it and I was just really lucky that it turned out that way, that he was able to be there. He might have to come to more games now. I might have to fly him out to every one.”

LaDue said it made for an even nicer moment that all of the other fathers were on hand as well.

“They were all great guys and they were all excited for me,” he said. “They all congratulated me and everything. I think they were just happy for him that he could be there and happy for me that he was there, too. Overall, it was a great experience.”

LaDue, a 25-year-old defenseman, has played in only two games for the Kings this season, spending most of his time with Ontario of the AHL. He played in 22 games last season for the big club and had eight assists.


The Kings (27-19-5, 59 points) played a fine game at fellow playoff contender Dallas. They outshot the Stars 42-28 and backup goalie Darcy Kuemper was superb. Unfortunately for them, they followed it with a rather lousy performance at Nashville, which walloped the […]    

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