LOS ANGELES — In some respects, famous hockey players are no different than the rest of us.
Senators forwards Kyle Turris, Cory Conacher, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Erik Condra made like tourists Tuesday, camping out under the infamous Hollywood sign for pictures and cruising the streets trying to catch a glimpse of big name, big screen stars.
“It was a chance to get to the Hollywood sign and there were some great views, up in hills,” Pageau said. “It was a nice drive. Our taxi driver we were not so sure about, but we got back home safe.”
It just so happens that on the day after the Senators did their touring, the LA Times ran a front-page story, detailing the locals’ frustrations with how many people visiting the iconic Hollywood sign.
Pageau got a small taste of the stardom.
“I had the chance to see a couple of celebrities,” said Pageau, who had never been to California before the current road trip. “I saw the rapper Too Short and I heard (Floyd) Mayweather was at our hotel and a couple of guys rode up in the elevator with him.”
Mayweather, who is generally regarded as one of the best boxers of all time and, according to Forbes.com, has earned an estimated $350 million during his career. Some of Pageau’s teammates joked that the 150-pound Mayweather was in Pageau’s weight class.
“Yeah, he’s probably close to my size, but I don’t think I could take him,” Pageau said, with a laugh. “I don’t think I would have the (guts) to take him.”
Pageau and company caught a glimpse of Too Short (better known better by his stage name Too $hort, apparently) while eating in a sushi restaurant.
We don’t know much about him — a google search did determine that we can’t repeat the lyrics of his songs in the newspaper — but he did live up to his name, apparently. “He was not tall,” said Pageau.
Condra, meanwhile, acknowledged he was on the lookout for other things.
“There are a lot of girls in Hollywood that I would like to see,” said Condra, who acted as a tour guide of sorts.
While Pageau can talk about his brush with fame — as $hort as it was — defenceman Erik Karlsson says he didn’t come across any big names.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “I haven’t really seen anyone that I recognize. I’ve seen some people that seem important, but I don’t know who they are.”