Galaxy kick off Caravan with the L.A. Kings

Galaxy players take in the Kings-Stars game at Staples Center

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Robert Mora / LA Galaxy

LOS ANGELES

The 2011 MLS season is quickly approaching and on Monday night, the LA
Galaxy got special recognition from one of their “brother” teams in the Los
Angeles area.

Nine Galaxy players were in attendance for “Galaxy Night
with the Kings” as the LA Galaxy began their 2011 Galaxy Caravan - Countdown to Kickoff on Monday night. Four members of the team – Todd Dunivant, Mike Magee, Omar
Gonzalez, and Sean Franklin -- dropped the ceremonial first puck at the start
of the Los Angeles Kings match up with the Dallas Stars.

The Galaxy and the Kings are both owned by AEG and have been
frequent partners in the past. The night was the brainchild of Galaxy president
Tom Payne, who is himself a rabid fan of both the Kings and his hometown New
York Rangers. While growing up in New
York State, Payne played
hockey on a local lake in his hometown and professed at being quite skilled on
the ice.

Throughout the years, the Kings and the Galaxy have been
involved in a number of cross promotional events and Payne admitted that he is
quite grateful for the family-like relationship that the two teams share.

“We have a great partnership with [the Kings] and we work
together more than most people recognize,” Payne told LAGalaxy.com. “We promote
what the Kings do and they do the same for us especially when it comes to big
games. They’re our brother team and we support them through and through.”

The event was part of a needed break for the Galaxy, who is
currently in full preseason preparations for the start of the season. Several
of the players came into the match with their own hometown allegiances to
various NHL clubs. From Magee’s recent devotion for the Stanley Cup Champion
Chicago Blackhawks to A.J. DeLaGarza’s fondness for Alexander Ovechkin and the
Washington Capitals, each player had their own connection to the sport.

None was a bigger hockey fan than Landon Donovan. Donovan,
whose father is Canadian, grew up a fan of the Kings and admired Wayne Gretzky
during his younger years.  While Donovan
was growing up, he played roller hockey, but last year, he had a truly
memorable experience on the ice.

“Last year, I played with my dad and his buddies in an
over-40 game on a real rink in Nashville, which
was really fun,” said Donovan.” [Events like this] It’s to come here and just
chill out and chill out with the guys in a different environment.”

WATCH: Donovan talks hockey and soccer on FS West

VIDEO: Road Trip to First Kick - Hockey with the Galaxy

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Galaxy night with the Kings is only one of the promotions
that the team is doing this season. With the season opener against the Seattle
Sounders, only a week away, the LA Galaxy is doing a number of events as part
of the Galaxy Caravan.

PHOTO GALLERY: Galaxy Night with the Kings

On Tuesday, select members of the Galaxy, including David
Beckham, will travel to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Throughout the week, the Galaxy will make a
number of appearances throughout the Los Angeles
area including player autograph sessions as well as other community service
events. The week will end with the LA Galaxy luncheon on Friday at the ESPN
Zone at L.A. Live. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL GALAXY CARAVAN SCHEDULE

Take your photo with the 2010 Supporters' Shield and 2009
Western Conference Championship Trophy on Tuesday, March 15 at Ye Olde
King's Head before your LA Galaxy face the Seattle Sounders in MLS First
Kick 2011 at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN/Deportes. Plus, opportunities to win
tickets to the Galaxy home opener as well as an autographed jersey! MORE INFO

On
Sunday, March 20, the Galaxy will host the New England Revolution in
their home opener, presented by Pechanga Resort & Casino, at 5 p.m.
at The Home Depot Center. The first 15,000 fans will receive 2011
magnet schedules. Tickets are available for that match, starting at 25.
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Photo Gallery: Galaxy Night with the Kings
Galaxy Caravan - full schedule