Snoop Dogg congratulates Byfield before Kings debut

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All rookies get cheers from fans for their NHL debut, but Quinton Byfield got one from someone extra special.

The Los Angeles Kings forward got a shoutout from Southern California rap legend Snoop Dogg before playing his first game against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Tweet from @NHL: Somewhere @SnoopDogg is loving Quinton Byfield‘s (@byfield55) NHL debut tonight. (🎥 @LAKings) pic.twitter.com/rPnzzp16SO

“Congratulations and welcome to the LA Kings, man,” he said. “Can’t wait to meet you, QB, let’s go.”

The No. 2 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft was the sixth-youngest player to ever play a game for the Kings, which earned the shoutout from Snoop Dogg, who is no stranger to the Kings. He was a certified hit in the booth during 90s Night, doing his best play-by-play of Los Angeles’ game against the Colorado Avalanche last year.

Even though Byfield received a celebrity callout, there also were some traditional elements to his NHL debut, including the customary solo lap for players in their League debut.

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