PHOENIX -- The D-backs had their own version of a "white out" Saturday, wearing white Phoenix Coyotes T-shirts that read "BEAT LA" during batting practice.
The Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings will face each other in Game 1 of NHL's Western Conference finals on Sunday in Arizona. It's a tradition in Phoenix to "white out" the competition and show solidarity among fans with white T-shirts or white pom-poms at hockey games.
"We certainly want to lend our support and celebrate their accomplishments," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We won't be able to wear them tomorrow because we won't have [batting practice], but we'll do it today."
Gibson is a big hockey fan. His sons are involved with the sport and have skated with the Coyotes. Phoenix team captain Shane Doan has been a great role model to Gibson's children, the manager said.
"It's a good game and it's great competition," Gibson said. "It's certainly a test of wills. This should be an interesting series because they are two really different teams."