It's no secret the Kings have a huge task in front of them in February. We're currently 11th in the Western Conference standings, one point out the 8th position, but with a three game winning streak under our belt. Still, with a tough schedule of road games in the next 3 weeks, climbing back into play-off contention isn't going to be easy.
But The Queen believes in her Kings. I believe so much, I'm willing to put some money on it.
"Money on the Board" is a long standing tradition in hockey locker rooms as a way to get teammates motivated, especially for important wins. Now it's time for Kings fans to get involved and put some money behind our belief in our team.
It's no secret to regular readers that The Queen is a HUGE Drew Doughty fan. So on Sunday, I appeared on the CCPT Hockey Podcast and made a pledge to donate $10 for every goal Drew scores during the month of February. If you doubt me, you can listen here. It's on the record!
The best part about this deal is that if the Kings score, it strikes a blow to cancer too! My pledge supports Chicago Pucks Cancer, an event is raising money for the Young Survival Coalition. YSC is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under.
So you're probably asking what an event in Chicago has to do with the Kings? Well, thanks to the creativity and passion of the Hockey Community, Chicago Pucks Cancer has expanded to include a Twitter "Money on the Board" (#MOTB) campaign as well, and fans of teams from across the league are chipping in to help out.
The best summary of the pledges I've found so far is this post on Hockey Broad's blog. As of January 28th, there were 86 pledges of support covering 24 teams and 57 players! And that doesn't include my pledge -- OR YOURS!
Here's all you need to do to get involved:
1) E-mail your pledge to ChicagoPucksCancer@cwgap.com
2) Follow the Kings success and figure out our final donation.
3) Make your donation using the PayPal button on the Chicago Pucks Cancer website.
If you give, you can also qualify for some great prizes! Hockey Broad's post I already linked outlines how you qualify, and what online prizes are available. But the only prize The Queen wants is seeing her Kings back in a play-off spot!
So to sweeten the pot just a little, I'm adding to my previous pledge. In addition to $10 for every Drew Doughty goal, I'll donate $1 for every goal the Kings score in February! I'll post an update on my pledge total every Monday, so follow along here, or on the Kings Court Facebook page or Twitter account.
Now it's time for YOU to put your money where your mouth is, Kings fans! Make your own pledge! Just make a donation! If you can't donate, please re-post this blog and SPREAD THE WORD! Together we can support the Kings AND tell cancer to get the puck out!
GO KINGS GO!