L.A. Kings PR Staff Plans To Withhold Stats From The Devils, Accidentally Tells Every Reporter About ItS

It's the responsibility of the home team's PR staff to compile statistics after each period, then rush print-outs down to both teams' locker rooms. It's not vital information, but it's nice for a coach to be able to quantify things like ice time and shots taken. During Saturday's game 5 in Newark, Devils PR was painfully slow in delivering the stats to the Kings' locker room. The Kings were planning to get their revenge tonight, with the game in LA and their PR staff handling stats distributions.

From what was supposed to be an internal Kings email:

"Jersey PR (whether it was their fault or not) didn't get stats to our locker room until about two minutes left in the intermission. Our coaches were not happy about this. So we are going to do the same to them tomorrow.

"So unless you hear otherwise from me make sure their locker room does NOT get stats UNTIL about two minutes left to go in the intermission. Even if you literally have to eye the clock and wait. If they ask what's taking so long just tell them our copy machines are down."

Naturally, this was sent out to the Kings' media mailing list. It's not some horrible crime, and it's kind of funny to picture the teams' PR staffs in a blood feud, but I think the "copier is down" excuse will no longer fly in the visitors' locker room at Staples Center.

Inadvertent email shows how Kings will strike back at Devils [LA Times]