The Durzi family looks back at Sean’s NHL debut – The Athletic

What was an evening to forget for the Los Angeles Kings turned out a night to remember for rookie defenseman Sean Durzi.

Not only did Durzi make his NHL debut — against the Maple Leafs, the team which drafted and traded him — but he contributed a second-period assist and a third-period goal in a 6-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

And best of all, his family managed to get to Los Angeles in time to be on hand for his first appearance in the NHL.

Sue Durzi, Sean’s mom, moved heaven and earth to get to the game. She was vacationing with friends in the Dominican Republic when she heard that Sean had been called up to the Kings. Wanting to be present for the game, she scrambled to get a flight out to Miami, overnighted there and completed the trip to Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.

“When I got the call he was going to play, I was literally on the beach,” Sue said. “I called my travel agent and said ‘book me a flight.’ I just flew in today and I’m so happy to be here with the boys and experience this all together.”

In Los Angeles, she reconnected with the rest of the Durzi family, who had traveled from Toronto earlier, thinking Sean would be playing on Sunday night against Arizona. The delay allowed father, Raami, and Sean’s two brothers to play sports tourists. They went to the Chargers-Steelers game on Sunday and headed out to Ontario to watch Sean chip in three assists in the Reign’s win against Stockton on Monday.

“To be here for the moment was priceless,” Raami said. “He’s been known for getting points.

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