Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Western Conference Hottie: Matt Greene (LA Kings)

Well, you can all laugh at me if you want...

... But seriously, when you look at him, who does he remind you of?

IMPORTANT HOCKEY STUFF: Greene was drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2002 NHL. Prior to his professional career, he played for three seasons with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. In 04/05, Greene captained the Sioux to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship game, losing to the University of Denver Pioneers 4–1. Due to his talent, Greene was encouraged to leave college hockey after only three seasons to start a professional career. After a successful training camp with the Oilers prior to the 05/06 season, Greene signed a pro contract with Edmonton and was assigned to their AHL farm team in Des Moines, the Iowa Stars. He made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers on December 30, 2005 versus the Nashville Predators, and scored his first NHL point on January 25, 2006 in Anaheim, assisting on an Ales Hemsky goal. Wearing sweater number 32 for the first 13 games of his NHL career, Greene changed to sweater number 2 on February 2, 2006 when the Oilers faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Greene was part of the Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes. Greene had 0 goals and 1 assist in the 2006 Playoffs. Greene scored his first NHL goal on December 15, 2006 against Minnesota Wild netminder Manny Fernandez. The goal was scored in the third period of the game, bringing the score to 1–1. The Oilers would eventually score 2 more goals, winning 3–1. Local Edmonton broadcaster Gene Principe awarded Greene the game puck during an interview session following the game. Greene also received the second star of the game due to his effort. Greene and his Oiler teammate Jarret Stoll were traded to the Los Angeles Kings on June 29, 2008, in exchange for Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky [previously on HftL]. On October 8, 2008 he was named as an Alternate Captain of the Kings. Nine days later, on October 17, Greene signed a five-year contract with the Kings.

REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF: Do I really need to write this part? No, I really don't think I do. Just go back and read most everything I've ever written about Jordan Staal, and you can pretty much skip this part. Well, I may chose to indulge myself just a bit. Blond hair, blue eyes, 6'3, 223... sigh, I'm losing my train of thought already. A picture is worth a thousand words, and I just can't stop looking. [Does this mean that a picture of him is worth a million words? I think it just might!!!] Well, here's something that IS worth a thousand words, but I'll just embed the video.



His nickname is "Greener", Off-season home: Los Angeles, Pet: bulldog (Mickey), Favorite movie…The Usual Suspects, Favorite TV show: Jeopardy, Favorite actress: Rachel McAdams, Favorite band: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Favorite NHL city, other than Los Angeles: Chicago, Favorite book: The Alchemist, Favorite sport other than hockey: Frisbee, Favorite hockey moment: Stanley Cup run in 2006, Favorite pro athlete: Barry Sanders, Favorite hockey player growing up: Bob Rouse, Favorite road arena: Rexall Place, Favorite food: sushi, Favorite holiday: Halloween, Favorite website, other than LAKings.com: funnyordie.com, Favorite vacation spot: Houston, Superstitions: eating the same pre-game meal

20 comments:

Kristina said...

I will be the first to say AMEN for Greener! :P

Val said...

...and I will second your Amen!

Melissa said...

He likes Barry Sanders--this makes me laugh as someone from Michigan!! Good work, Stephanie!
Val, thanks for the heads up!

aBurghGirl said...

mmmm... He's very enjoyable to look at! :)

Char said...

uh kena? you cant do this to me. i am having thoughts of being unfaithful to jordan!!

Life_As_A_Redhead said...

@ Char...

I already had unfaithful to Jordan thoughts. But PLEASE don't tell him, OK!!!!

Kylie said...

I approve!
Woooooooo!

Char said...

@Kena
I won't, don't worry. ahha

Life_As_A_Redhead said...

@ Char, Thanks ;) It's good to know I have a "partner in crime.

Kristina said...

Just wanted to add a little side note... a friend of mine had braclets made... "Support D Who Can't Fight. Support Matt Greene." Cause well... let's be honest here... he's not the greatest of fighters.

Stephanie said...

@Kristina -- that's HILARIOUS (so cute!)!! Sorta reminds me of a certain D-man on the Chiefs, doesn't it, Kena??!!!! ; )

therealthingx31 said...

that was cuuteee : D

he seems like a sweetie pie

Charlotte said...

This has made my day! It is about time someone else besides me appreciates the greatness of Matt Greene. He is one of my favorite Kings!

Meg said...

I am blessed to live in LA and follow the Kings very closely...and I can tell you he's even more adorable in person, and as hilarious as they come.

I have better pix of him though....lucky me :)

Life_As_A_Redhead said...

@ Stephanie,

Now, now, lets be nice. You don't want him to get a complex, do you??

Whitters said...

I missed this yesterday because I have been sick, but I was SO happy to "come back to life" and see this! I absolutely LOVE Matt Greene! He's a warrior AND a sweetheart. And agreed with Meg, he is hilarious! I met him and Doughty last year and they just seemed like they would be fun to hang around. I love em! Haha

Staal1187Crosby said...

I automatically like any guy who owns a Bulldog! :-)

DSMHockeyLover25 said...

So...not to burst my own bubble or whatever but I had the honor to know Greener when he was in Des Moines playing for the Stars and we ended up being pretty good friends during that time. I gotta tell ya, the pictures do not do him any justice. Not to mention what an amazing guy he is. The fun little facts do make him seem pretty neat, but once you get to actually know him, you learn just how great he is. Meg who posted earlier nailed it right on the head too when she mentioned how hilarious he is! If you ever do have the chance to meet him, you are in for one heck of a time!

Erik said...

Your the man Matt, good stuff! Hope to see you in Grand Forks this summer.

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