LA Kings Production’s Black and White series does a wonderful job using ambient sounds and rink noise to set a scene, and in the first offering of the new year, such resonances are interrupted by John Stevens blowing a whistle at practice. It is, after all, time to get “Back to Work,” as the new episode serves as a preview of what’s to come as a blank slate is gradually colored in through 82 games.
“The expectation for the LA Kings is to win the Cup. We need to trust them that they will do whatever it takes to win.”
China Games: LA Kings Insider (not affiliated with LA Kings Insider) debuts tomorrow night after LA Kings Live post-game coverage. I am not joshing you when I say that there could have been enough material to outlast The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so give a stick tap to producer Jack Wilson, cameraman Ed Lewis and editor Jake Loskutoff at FOX Sports West for putting this together along with footage provided by LA Kings Production and NHL Production, and of course, keep those stick taps going for Patrick O’Neal, who was a wonderful guide for this unforgettable trip. There’s truly unique content here, including players and coaches mic’d up for practices and both games, players’ accounts of the Great Wall of China, Samson Lee sharing why this trip was so special for him, and how the team ran clinics and made pushes to help grow the game abroad.
-Lead photo via Jeff Vinnick/NHLI