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No Practice Today

Given the heavy travel schedule of the last week or so, the Kings took the day off today.  Well, sort of.  They did report to TSC.  However, they only conducted off-ice workouts.  They’ll return to the ice tomorrow at 10am for a gameday morning skate.  More notes and quotes coming soon. Advertisements

Exclusive: Michael Mersch on Team USA camp experience

Playing for your country is something every hockey player takes very seriously. It’s a true honor. To play on an international stage is a process also. And for the top under-20 year old Americans, the first step towards wearing that jersey at the upcoming World Junior Championships is taking place right now. USA Hockey’s week-long … Continue reading

LA Kings Summer Vacation – checking in w/ Alec Martinez

LA Kings Alec Martinez (photo: D. Sheehan) A few weeks back we published an article highlighting some of the various activities some of the Los Angeles Kings players have been involved in this summer. Additionally, a few of them – Dustin Penner, Jarret Stoll, Trevor Lewis, etc. – have stopped by MayorsManor for more detailed … Continue reading

In the plans: LA Kings vs Anaheim Ducks outdoor game

On August 11, 2009 – yes, two years ago tomorrow – I wrote the following: GRAB YOUR FLIP FLOPS – The Kings are working to put a pre-season game together next year with the Ducks. Seems normal enough right? Well, now ponder the game played on the beach! They’re looking at a game in Santa … Continue reading

Exclusive: Tyler Toffoli on Team Canada camp experience

Last summer the Kings sent six players to Hockey Canada’s summer evaluation camp for their 2011 World Junior team. This year, Tyler Toffoli was the lone representative. The week long camp ended Sunday night and I spoke with Toffoli yesterday about the overall experience. Here are his thoughts on ten items related to being at … Continue reading

Another former Kings, Monarchs player signs in Europe

Several weeks back, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi was visibly irritated when talking about a few of the team’s prospects signing in Europe this summer. Gone from the pipeline are center Corey Elkins, left wing Bud Holloway and forward Oscar Moller. Today brings news that John Zeiler has joined the ‘other side of the … Continue reading

Forbort, Shore stay – Gravel, Mersch cut at USA WJC camp

The Los Angeles Kings were privileged enough to have four prospects attend this year’s Team USA World Junior Championship evaluation camp. That’s quite the step up from the quality and depth they’ve had in recent years with American-born prospects. Unfortunately, today was cut down day and only half of the crop will be staying. Defenseman … Continue reading

Robitaille on Rogie and Roenick – Hall of Fame worthy?

Luc Robitaille was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 9, 2009. That was about as ‘no-brainer’ of a selection as the committee has had in recent years. He finished his career with 668 goals and a Stanley Cup, just to name a few of his accomplishments. Going back even further in Kings … Continue reading

More camping for Kings’ Forbort, Gravel, Mersch and Shore

How did this happen? Over the last ten years, the Los Angeles Kings have had only two pure prospects represent Team USA at the World Junior Championships – defenseman Derek Forbort (last January) and forward Trevor Lewis (2007). Yes, Dustin Brown played for the U.S. in 2002 and 2003. However, he hadn’t been drafted by … Continue reading

Confusion reigning between Kings and ECHL affiliate?

Being an ECHL affiliate to an NHL team isn’t quite as glamorous as it might seem on the surface. The way hockey is structured, most top prospects are either playing major-junior in Canada – via the WHL, OHL and QMJHL – or are enrolled at an American University. Once the player is a little older, … Continue reading

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