Kings rookie forward Kyle Clifford came into training camp as a long shot to make the team, but after 14 games his physical style and intimidating presence has impressed the coaching staff enough that he’s becoming a regular fixture on the fourth line.
In a 3-1 victory Thursday night against the Dallas Stars, the 19-year-old Ontario native inspired his team and the crowd when he dropped his gloves and pummeled 27-year-old right wing Brandon Segal in the second period, then flashed a broad smile as he was escorted to the penalty box.
“I’m playing in the NHL, why wouldn’t I be happy,” he said after practice Friday.
Clifford went on to share a few other memories and personal favorites with ESPNLosAngeles. Here’s what he had to say.