Jarrod Burguan

The Los Angeles Kings honored the victims of December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino by recognizing a Hero from the shooting, US Navy Master Chief Tina LaTendresse. Standing with her are San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, SWAT Team Leader Sgt. Brian Harris, Homicide Detective Marco Granado and San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis. (John McCoy – Staff Photographer)

By Elliott Teaford, Daily Breeze
Posted: 12/22/15 – 10:34 PM PST |

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan has been to plenty of Kings games over the seasons at Staples Center, but none were quite like the one he attended with SWAT team leader Brian Harris, homicide detective Marco Granado and Mayor Carey Davis.

The four were honored along with Master Chief Tina LaTendresse of the United States Navy on the ice before the Kings faced the San Jose Sharks as part of the team’s “Heroes of the Game,” promotion. Kings fans gave them a rousing ovation before Will Champlin sang the national anthem.

The Kings and the Kings Care Foundation auctioned off jerseys worn by the players during the pregame warmup, with the proceeds benefiting the victims of the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2 in San Bernardino.

By the end of the first period, the top bid on backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth’s jersey was more than $4,000. Several others, including those for starting goalie Jonathan Quick and left wing Milan Lucic were topping $2,000. The bidding was due to end at the conclusion of the second intermission.

“I think that was pretty special, it really was,” Burguan said. “We’ve gotten a lot of support. A lot of folks have written the station. A lot of positive comments have come our way. It feels good that the profession is getting a lot of positive attention after getting a lot of negative attention in recent years, and I think our guys feel pretty good about what they did.”

Burguan said standing on the ice at a Kings game was one he’ll always cherish.

“All three of us are big Kings fans, so just to be here, we’ve been to a lot of games in the stands,” he said. “We’ve had that experience probably hundreds of times between the three of us. It was our first time on the ice, and that was pretty neat.

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