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On January 15, 2008 Purcell played his first career NHL game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings against the Oilers at Rexall Place.
“I was called up from Manchester (AHL) and was in the airport all day, got delayed and got in probably at 1 a.m. the night before,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was going to play the next day. Then I remember getting a 2-on-1 with Rob Blake on my first shift and I still don’t know how I remember it. It was still a blur and I’m still nervous thinking about it.”
How did that 2-on-1 rush pan out for the young Purcell?
“I tried to pass it to him. I probably should have shot it but I tried to pass it to him and it went off his skate and back the other way.”
It’s a lesson Purcell now knows all too well- shoot the puck. It’s something he may get the opportunity to do more of here in Edmonton now that he returns to the place where it all began for the 28-year-old.
“I used to get yelled at a lot and still do sometimes for not shooting the puck enough but there are a lot of guys here who can make plays. I’m going to be in a position to shoot a lot more this year and hopefully it will work out.”