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Hometown: La Cañada, Calif.

College: Arizona State University (Graduated)

College Major: Major - Communications, Minor - Media Analysis

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My friends would be surprised to know that I: Would rather have hot dogs and peanuts at a sporting event than go out to a fancy dinner.

Three people I’d like to have dinner with (living or dead):

1)    My grandfather – Because he passed away a few years ago, and I miss him every day.

2)    Ellen DeGeneres – Dance party, anyone?!

3)    Giada de Laurentiis – I’ll do the dishes if she cooks :)

The top three items on my bucket list: 

1)    Kiss the Stanley Cup (I crossed this off last season!)

2)    Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame

3)    Run a half marathon

The most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me during a game: Three years ago, during my first preseason Kings game, one of my fellow Ice Crew rookies accidentally scooped me up! She came up behind me on the ice, didn’t quite stop in time, and ended up taking out my feet with her shovel in front of 18,000 people. After a split-second of shock, I stood up, dusted myself off with a smile, and took a little bow for the cheering crowd.

My favorite people to follow on Twitter: Paul Bisonette, Dustin Penner, and the L.A. Kings Ice Crew.

The coolest person that follows me on Twitter: Definitely our feisty mascot, Bailey.

My worst date: One year, my (ex) boyfriend took me out for a special birthday dinner. First, he made me pick him up, then he took me to Red Robin. Now, don’t get me wrong, I totally don’t mind driving and I actually like Red Robin – but not for a special date! Now, here comes the kicker – he insisted we only order water, and brought the manager over when his “Buy One Burger, Get One Free” coupon wasn’t accepted. Not romantic!

My celebrity crush: Bill Rancic. He’s smart, driven, loves sports and has a great sense of humor.

If I had to watch one movie or TV show over and over, it would be: My guilty pleasure TV shows are the Bachelor/Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars. Despite my best efforts trying to resist, I always get sucked in! For movies, my favorites are Miracle and She’s the Man. I’ve probably watched each of them over 50 times!

My favorite websites/blogs: For my sporting news, I always check LAKings.com, NHL.com and SI.com (of course!). You can also catch me on Pintrest! I’m always checking the site for new recipes and crafting ideas!

My favorite app: Chances are, if you catch me on my phone, I’m either using Instagram or Spotify. I admit it – I’m completely addicted to both!

If you looked at the “most played” songs on my iPod, you’d see a lot of: Country! Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and The Band Perry are some of my favorites. I also love Maroon 5. For me, the best way to deal with L.A. traffic is to roll the windows down, turn my music up and have my own little sing-a-long :)

My worst habit: Pressing the Snooze button! I have to set at least five alarms on my phone (and one on my alarm clock, for good measure) to wake up in the morning.

The talent I’d most like to have: I would love to be able to cook! I, unfortunately, didn’t inherit any of my mom’s amazing cooking skills. Right now, I’m trying out at least one new recipe a week -- practice makes perfect!

My favorite professional team: The L.A. Kings, of course!

My one guilty pleasure: It's so embarrassing, but I can watch the Disney Channel all day. Every time I have it on I find myself laughing out loud! J

I’d want my last meal to be: A home cooked bar-b-que with my family and friends. BBQ, sweet potato fries, cole slaw – YUM!

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