Following the Kings’ practice at the their training facility earlier today, MayorsManor spent a few minutes with Kyle Clifford. However, before we started talking hockey, the 22-year old forward took a keen interest in my cell phone – which prompted a brief tech-discussion…
“You should get the Blackberry Q10,” he began, upon noticing that I wasn’t a card carrying member of the iphone army.
Surely this was confusing.
“I like to follow it a little bit too,” he said.
“They’re getting BBM for the Android also,” he continued. “It’s been a big thing actually, a long build up. People have been talking about it for three or four years now.”
And just like that, the ‘Tech Minute with Kyle Clifford’ was off and running.
After solving any cellphone issues, maybe it will be time for a new TV too. Any recommendations there?
“Get the biggest one there is!” he quipped.
Then, after Anthony Stewart tried to hijack the interview with some comments about Mitsubishi big screens , Clifford reigned it back in, saying “I like the Sharp TVs actually.”
OK, enough of the Consumer Reports notes. It was time to talk hockey – something Clifford hasn’t been able to do lately. And he admitted, sitting on the sidelines can be a bit frustrating.
“You have to be a professional about it,” he said. “I went through it last year, have a little bit experience. You just have to come to the rink, put a smile on whether you’re out as a healthy scratch or you’re injured. You just have to be around for the boys and you can’t be moping around the rink. You have to keep the energy up. It’s definitely frustrating and a little bit of a battle mentally, but for the most part you have to stay with it and go day-by-day.”
That ‘team first’ approach is something that permeates throughout the Kings locker room, and was a mentality Clifford remembers former teammate Kevin Westgarth always helping promote.
“Westy was a great team guy. He has a lot of character and the way he carries himself around the room and outside the room is very professional.”
The third-year pro was also complimentary of the Sharks, as the Kings now travel to San Jose for the next two games.
“They’re a good team and they play hard. They’ve done a great job so far and I think we’ve done just as well of a job and got to keep pushing along here.”
So, what’s the likelihood he’ll play at some point during this series?
“I’d like to say good. We’ll see,” said Clifford.
Is there a better than 50/50 chance?
“Yeah, we’ll see.”
Maybe Drew Doughty can invent an app to help us get the answer.
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