Dustin Penner Comments on PennerMania

One week ago today PennerMania was launched in Los Angeles.

On message boards and social media sites most Kings fans were over the moon about GM Dean Lombardi’s acquisition of left winger Dustin Penner.

And by the time he made his debut on Thursday night vs. Phoenix it had nearly become an epidemic…even appearing as a trending topic on twitter for a few hours.

Then, when he scored his first goal as a King on Saturday afternoon it may have reached a new level too.

Yet, what about Penner? As coach Terry Murray said yesterday ‘It’s been a very intense probably month, maybe longer, for him’ – so, does he even know what’s going on? I asked him…

MM: Are you aware PennerMania is running wild in Los Angeles?

DP: All my PennerManiacs are coming together and forming a cult it sounds like. I heard about that and it’s really ironic seeing how one of my favorite wrestlers was Hulk Hogan.

MM: Well, the PennerManiacs can’t get enough of you. They want more Penner information. So, how about we do a couple of quick hits. Who is the toughest defenseman you’ve ever played against?

DP: Zdeno Chara

MM: Toughest goalie?

DP: Dominik Hasek

MM: You obviously know SoCal pretty well, having lived here even before the trade. What’s your favorite thing to do in Los Angeles away from the rink?

DP: Probably hang out with my family or golf.

MM: Are you going to get on twitter anytime soon?

DP: I don’t know. It seems like a lot of fun. I mean, I don’t need to know everybody’s thoughts on everything they do every day. I have enough going on that I don’t have to follow that. But, I do see the point of it. I don’t think I’d share any of my stories, but enjoy other people’s – like Charlie Sheen. Winning!

MM: How about your love for Sour Patch kids? Is that still alive and well?

DP: I’ve cut back for my own good. But, I still do enjoy an odd package of Sour Patch kids.

MM: You grew 12-14″ in one year? Is that an urban myth?

DP: It’s not an urban myth. It’s like a fish story though. It gets exaggerated as I get older. I entered high school at 5’6″ 120 lbs. I didn’t grow until my last year of high school and into my first year of college. So, I’d say in 18 months I probably grew a foot and (gained) 40 lbs.

MM: How about favorite athlete growing up?

DP: Mario Lemieux

More later today on Penner, including comments from Wayne Simmonds and Matt Greene regarding his first week in Los Angeles and the upcoming road trip.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

PennerMania By The Numbers (and video)

Chirping with Dustin Penner – interview from his first practice with Kings

Interview with Kerry Fraser – former NHL referee on his feud with Mario Lemieux

Coach Terry Murray on What He Wants From Dustin Penner

Welcome to LA – 10 Tidbits on Dustin Penner

order here –> MayorsManor Store
SAVE $5 TODAY – USE COUPON CODE 5OFFSTPADDYS (expires 3/7/2011)

Recent Articles

Lombardi Dean LA Kings GM

LA Kings Salary Cap Update After Trevor Lewis Signing, Next Steps

Kings GM Dean Lombardi and VP/capologist Jeff Solomon have been working overtime the past week and it’s helped bring some initial clarity to the team’s salary cap situation. After the signing of forward Trevor Lewis to a four-year, $8M deal, here is how things most likely look for the 2016-17 roster (at the moment):
LA Kings […]

Moverare NHL Draft

Scouting Report: RD4, Kings Select Dman Jacob Moverare

With their second selection in the 2016 NHL Draft (112th overall), the Los Angeles Kings have added Swedish defenseman Jacob Moverare, who is just 17-years-old and stands 6-foot-2.
Here is what the International Scouting Service had to say in their annual Draft Guide:
Skill: Good size defenseman that plays simple game. Good stick and body positioning defensively. […]

Clague Draft NHL Kings

Scouting Report: RD2, Kings Select Dman Kale Clague

Despite having only four picks to work with entering Saturday’s second day of the NHL Draft, the Kings opted to use their first selection of the weekend (51st overall) to take WHL defenseman Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings. He’s a 5-foot-11 blueliner who is said to have great offensive instincts and a big […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News