Ellen Reina tidies up the Kings’ Jake Muzzin in preparation for the Stanley Cup champions parade through the beach cities. Photo by Brad Jacobson
Ellen Reina has been seen LA Kings come into Floyd’s 99 Barbershop in Hermosa Beach on a regular basis since she started working there a year and a half a go. But Wednesday was the first time she had the opportunity to give one of them a shave.
LA Kings Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis stopped by Floyd’s shortly before Wednesday’s Stanley Cup victory parade through the beach cities to have their playoff beards trimmed.
Kings Trevor Lewis puts his trust in the hands of Floyd’s barber Jason Sandoval. Photo by Brad Jacobson
The tradition of not shaving during the Stanley Cup playoffs is credited to the New York Islanders, who began the practice in the early 1980s at the beginning of their dynasty.
“My boyfriend and I are really big Kings fans so this was such an exciting experience to be a part of.” Reina said. “The players are great guys. They come in here all the time to get their hair cut but I never shaved one until now. Every one of the players is so down to earth and cool to work with. We’re all happy to have the Kings in the neighborhood.”
Kings cheerleaders give their approval to the clean cut Kings. Photo by Brad Jacobson
The tonsorial performances attracted a large crowd and television cameras.
“It was a little different having an audience,” Lewis said after barber Jason Sandoval put the finishing touches on his handiwork.
“I’m a little bit nervous,” Sandoval admitted before the players arrived. “We’re excited to take care of the Kings after they brought home the cup for us.
Floyd’s co-owner Tom O’Brien is a longtime Kings fan. Photo by Brad Jacobson
Floyd’s owners Tom and Bill O’Brien are serious hockey fans. “My kids, and my brother’s kids played in the Junior Kings organization, so we built a relationship with the Kings through that,” Tom O’Brien said. “This year during the playoffs we began a marketing partnership with the Kings. We spray painted people’s hair silver and black and purple. The Kings wanted to have an event to shave off the beards, so what better place.”
Floyd’s donated 50 percent of its proceeds on Wednesday to the Kings Care Foundation. ER