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May 5, 2016 11:09 pm - JonRosen

Game 1 postgame quotes: Head coach Mike Stothers

On Michael Mersch’s performance: Well, those were Big Mike-type goals. He’s parked right in front of the net, and it’s a deflection, tip. He’s got a screen, a net-front presence. I liked the fact that our D just put pucks to the net. A lot of times they want to wind up and pound it and somebody adjusts and they get in the shooting lane or it doesn’t get through or they miss the net, and it’s just a matter of just getting pucks to the net. It’s not how hard they get there. It’s just if there’s enough traffic […]

May 5, 2016 3:29 pm - JonRosen

Wednesday links, May 5: Fort McMurray relief, Reign, more

Kings fans, if you choose to donate to assist those displaced and affected by the wildfires that have afflicted Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta, click here to be taken to a Canadian Red Cross donations page. While the winds in the area have died down, the fire is unfortunately expected to grow as no precipitation is expected over the next several days. Blues forward Scotty Upshall is from Fort McMurray, and his teammate Colton Parayko is a fellow Fort McMurray Oil Baron. As Craig Custance noted, Tyler Toffoli was among the players who participated in a 2011 Team Canada junior […]

May 5, 2016 12:26 pm - Lindsay Czarnecki

May 5 morning skate quotes: Head coach Mike Stothers

Head coach Mike Stothers, on what the main focus has been in practice: It’s been a good week. We’re fortunate enough to finish up on Friday and give the guys a couple days — gave them Saturday, Sunday [off]. Then we came back in on Monday and didn’t go overly long Monday or Tuesday, but we got some good things done that we wanted to do. The pace was good, the guys seemed energized, they seemed focused. Wednesday was pretty short, worked on a little bit of power play. … I think it’s the perfect amount of time [off] probably […]

May 4, 2016 5:20 pm - JonRosen

Archive Photos: On-ice, off-ice Kings history

In building up a digitized archive of photos, videos and assorted memorabilia, the Kings have partnered with Heritage Werks in advance of the 50th anniversary season to be able to disseminate images and captured moments from the club’s history. That database is still new – most of it is populated by photos from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s – but it is growing, and it depicts interesting intersections of performance, coaching, marketing, community and celebrity. It is a very interesting archive, and I know the Kings are excited to be able to share many of this media with longtime […]

May 4, 2016 12:27 pm - JonRosen

50 Kings audio: Armstrong; Black and White ep. 14

Derek Armstrong took an interesting and unique path to becoming a veteran of 477 National Hockey League games. “Not many teams would give a 29-year-old journeyman a chance,” he told Dave Joseph, the Kings Manager, Alumni Relations and Public Address Announcer as part of the 50 Kings interview series. In their 15-minute conversation, Armstrong details his pre-NHL background, which included a pair of years with the Tier II Hawkesbury Hawks, where he played under Bob Hartley. From there, Armstrong shared recollections from his early NHL days, through his ability to emerge as an emotional leader with Los Angeles between 2002-09, […]

May 3, 2016 4:52 pm - JonRosen

Meshing the calculable with the intangible

Much of the success the Los Angeles Kings generated in recent peak years stemmed from their ability to mesh the calculable with the intangible. They have been, at the same time, a team that possessed the puck to a greater degree than any other National Hockey League team, while also relying on a leadership group that had forged its own identity in constructing the pillars of a team culture. “Resilient” was among the adjectives to describe the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, a team that colloquially was referred to in the playoffs as “cockroaches” because of their unwillingness to go away. […]

May 3, 2016 11:44 am - JonRosen

LAKHSHL: New teams, tryout dates for Year Two

In defending their inaugural LA Kings High School Hockey League crown, the Santa Barbara Royals will face additional competition from as many as four new teams. The league will resume in September, but tryouts for all teams will be held this month as pure teams at Loyola High School and Valencia High School, and a district team in Torrance are slated to join the league. Shalhevet High School has also been involved in forming a team, which would be comprised of both Shalhevet and Orthodox Jewish students from other Los Angeles-area high schools. “I was very impressed with how the […]

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