Last week, all-star pitcher Tony Gonsolin came out for Dodgers Night at Crypto.com Arena as the LA Kings faced the New Jersey Devils. As a ritual to every Dodgers Night, the Kings had Tony Gonsolin drop the ceremonial puck to start the game.
The Dodgers documented Gonsolin’s experience with behind-the-scenes footage on their Youtube Channel.
Each year, the hockey club honors several Dodgers players and organizational members by having them drop the puck. Last season, Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín participated in the puck drop, and the year before, Chase Utley came to represent.
Although Gonsolin is accustomed to playing in front of crowds at Dodger Stadium, he admitted to Bally Sports broadcaster Patrick O’Neal that he was in fact pretty nervous in the hockey rink.
The ice may be out of his element, but fans can look forward to him returning to the mound this upcoming season.
The right-hander had a career year in 2022, going 16-1 last season with a 2.14 ERA. The 28- year-old also made his first All-Star team and was in the race for National League Cy Young Award.
As he looks ahead into the season, he hopes to get stronger over the offseason to remain productive and healthy all year.
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