Kings’ Gabriel Vilardi signs stick for fan hit by puck during warmups: ‘Sorry I smoked you in the head ☹️’
When Kings fan Dylan Smith went with his girlfriend Emma to watch the Los Angeles Kings face off against the Edmonton Oilers for Game Three on Friday, the couple was prepared for plenty of excitement. But when they went down to watch the Kings during warmups, that action got a little too real when a puck shot by Kings center Gabriel Vilardi hit Emma directly in the head.
With Emma okay and recovering before the game, word got out to Vilardi about her injury. The Kings forward wasn’t going to let her leave empty-handed.
Both Emma and Dylan got the surprise of a lifetime when they were told by staff Vilardi had gifted them a stick, complete with his own personal apology.