With the series extended, Kings weigh in on Frozen Fury experience - LA Kings Insider

What has happened in Vegas will stay in Vegas. The Kings and MGM Grand reached an agreement to extend the Frozen Fury series through the 2016 preseason.

Though Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille described the agreement as an “easy decision” in a statement, saying “our fans flock to Vegas for these games and make an entire weekend out of it,” Darryl Sutter would like to see an adjustment in the schedule so that the team isn’t faced with a back-to-back set so close to the start of the season.

“I don’t like it being this late in camp,” he said. “It’s not the right situation, quite honest, because you have to declare a roster, and if we wouldn’t have gotten the first game of the season moved, we’d have been playing Tuesday. Playing back-to-back to finish so close to the regular season is not ideal.”

Otherwise, “as long as the ice is good,” Sutter didn’t have any qualms against the setting of the popular exhibition games.

“It was OK this morning, but we were only out there [briefly],” Jarret Stoll said of the ice condition. “It’ll be a little different tonight in the game. If they’re going to practice on it, and there’s something going on before the game, too, I think, so it’s going to be pretty chewed up, maybe, but it’s the same for both teams. You’ve just got to figure it out, keep things simple, don’t try to overpass or overthink.”

The players appear to enjoy the Frozen Fury experience, with Stoll stating that much of the team got together at a craps table on Thursday night. According to Tyler Toffoli, who first visited Las Vegas following the 2012-13 season, “I don’t think the craps table was too hot,” before recalling that he thought a couple players may have come out in the black.

For Stoll, it’s more about the camraderie. “It’s fun to just get everyone around.”

“If guys are winning, they’re rolling or whatever. I’m not much of a gambler, but it’s good to play a little bit, especially with your teammates. It’s fun. But we have to get ready for the season. There’s two games left, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re here for the right reasons, too, and get our game in shape and in order and go after it,” he said.

It’s “just like any other road trip,” according to Jake Muzzin – though one in which he was able to sit down at a slot machine for a few minutes with Dwight King.

“I don’t really know how to play [craps], so I just watch,” he said.

The excitement surrounding the event and the preparation for the season far outweighs any gambling associated with spending several days in Las Vegas, according to King.

“I’m not a cards player at all, actually. But it is obviously different. There’s no other place like this in the league, so it’s exciting,” King said. “Obviously guys who do play, I think a couple guys had some good luck last night, and some maybe not. But it’s a fun place to be.

The Kings have certainly had their share of luck at Frozen Fury.

Los Angeles is 10-3-2 all-time in Frozen Fury games, with tonight’s game against the New York Rangers marking only the third game that wasn’t contested against the Colorado Avalanche.

All-time Frozen Fury Results:
2012: Did Not Play
2011: KINGS 1 Colorado 4
2010: KINGS 3 Colorado 2
2009: KINGS 5 Colorado 3
2008: KINGS 3 Colorado 4 (SO)
2007: KINGS 3 Colorado 2 (SO)
2006: KINGS 3 Colorado 2
2005: KINGS 1 Colorado 1 (OT)
2004: Did Not Play
2003: KINGS 3 Colorado 1
2002: KINGS 6 Colorado 5
2001: KINGS 4 San Jose 3
2000: KINGS 4 Colorado 5
1999: KINGS 4 Phoenix 0
1998: KINGS 3 Colorado 2
KINGS 4 Colorado 5
1997: KINGS 4 Colorado 3 (OT)

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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