Dustin Penner and Rob Scuderi – just a couple of homebodies

Dustin Penner MayorsManor Kings NHL hockey
During the early part of last season we had a series of articles where members of the LA Kings talked about things they had learned about their teammates. According to readers, some of the most popular answers were Dustin Brown trying to explain the subtle differences between nerd vs. geek and then-newcomer Mike Richards talking about Anze Kopitar..

Knowing that professional athletes can become creatures of habit – especially given their often structured schedule – we thought we’d go in a different direction this season and turn things a little more introspective.

Over the weekend we posted comments from Matt Greene, who shared that during the NHL lockout he learned he doesn’t have many of the skills needed to survive in the real world.

Now we check in with a few more guys…

“I’ve definitely learned some new things about myself,” Dustin Penner began. “I hadn’t been unemployed in a while. The last time there was a lockout I was able and fortunate enough to go play in the minors. This time, I got an appreciation for nightly news because I was running out of TV shows to watch. I also learned how to cook again because I didn’t do too much traveling. I just stayed in Newport Beach most of the time.”

Meanwhile, Rob Scuderi, already known as a stay-at-home defenseman, doubled down on the concept.

“I learned that I’m a better stay-at-home mom than I thought I could be,” joked the two-time Stanley Cup champion.

“I got to see a lot of my sons’ and daughters’ sporting events and stuff like that,” Scuderi continued. “I know it seems cliché and a lot of people get to do it, but with us playing on the weekends a lot I often miss that stuff. So, I got to be a little more active in my kids’ lives and my family’s lives. As much as I would rather have been playing I enjoyed getting to do that.”

The always humble Kyle Clifford had a little different take on the question, largely because he wasn’t ‘home’ during the lockout – but was playing for the Ontario Reign.

“I was reminded that you can’t take anything for granted,” said the 22-year old left wing. “It was fun playing in the East Coast league, but I definitely couldn’t wait to get back up here.”

Perhaps it was a good lesson for Clifford too. Through 11 games this season he has one goal and five assists – and has been one of the Kings’ most consistent forwards. Only two players, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, have more than Clifford’s six points. That’s some rare company for the third-year pro.

RELATED ARTICLES:

What I’ve learned so far… by Alec Martinez – he calls out Trevor Lewis

What I’ve learned so far… by Simon Gagne – what it means to be a captain

What I’ve learned so far… by Dustin Brown – responds to Westgarth’s allegations

What I’ve learned so far… by Drew Doughty – on the ice and off the ice observations

What I’ve learned so far… by Kevin Westgarth – more good comedy from Westy

Trevor Lewis dishes on his ‘road roommate’ – Mike Richards

Mitchell and Richards admit to budding bromance

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q14 with John Wroblewski, Ontario Reign Head Coach

Another day, time for another Kings of the Podcast. In this episode, John Wroblewski — new head coach of the Ontario Reign — stops by to discuss joining the LA Kings organization and what the future may bring.
Topics discussed:
– The hiring proces
– Background notes leading up to the interview
– Scouting notes on Mikey Anderson, Cole […]

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes – Kings Roster Outlook and Needs

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to look at several key roster decisions facing the LA Kings heading into next season. Among the names mentioned were Gabriel Vilardi, Arthur Kaliyev Martin Frk, Carl Grundstrom, Trevor Moore, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Matt […]

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Offers Game 7 Predictions and Outlook for Conference Finals

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he jumped on to preview a few Game 7s featuring:
Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders
Dallas Stars v Colorado Avalanche
Vegas Golden Knights v Vancouver Canucks
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the player below or download any previous appearances for free on the MayorsManor […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Ryan O’Rourke, OHL Defenseman

In a previous article, we examined a player the Kings could be targeting for their second selection at the 2020 NHL Draft - meaning, after they take somebody in the No. 2 overall position. For context, MayorsManor editor … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.