State of the Franchise is back as the Kings will host the annual event for Season Ticket Members this Thursday, August 30. The event, which will be held at the The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE, starts at 7 PM and will feature a panel of club executives including Team President Luc Robitaille and General Manager Rob Blake. Also expected to be in attendance is Kings forward Dustin Brown, along with Kings prospects Gabriel Vilardi and Daniel Brickley.
From the Kings:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will host a special State of the Franchise event for Kings Season Ticket Members to help set the stage for the upcoming 2018-19 NHL season.
The event, which is open to the media, takes place this Thursday at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE and begins at 7 p.m.
Throughout the evening Season Ticket Members will hear from club executives including Kings President Luc Robitaille and Kings General Manager Rob Blake while members can also ask questions of the featured participants. In addition, Kings forward Dustin Brown – who this season is expected to become the Kings’ all-time leader in regular season games played – will be at the event as will Daniel Brickley and Gabriel Vilardi.
Additionally, the event will include special appearances by two NHL Trophies – the Frank J. Selke Trophy (Kings captain Anze Kopitar won the award this past season) and the William M. Jennings Trophy (Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won the award this past season) – plus several Kings alumni members and club broadcasters will be on hand to sign autographs.
In all, six total gentlemen are expected to be at the event – Robitaille, Blake, Rogie Vachon, Bob Miller (broadcaster) Nick Nickson (broadcaster) and Pete Demers (athletic trainer) – with all six having been inducted into and/or recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Take a look back at last season’s State of the Franchise event with Jon’s recap HERE. Last season’s event included talk on philosophies, systems and a look down the Kings pipeline with a full organizational depth chart.
With Jon out of the office this week, I’ll be covering the event for the Insider site – Come say hi if you see me around.