Harry How / Getty Images Sport
May 20, 2015 7:30 pm

Kings win SBJ’s Sports Team of the Year award

The Los Angeles Kings won the Sports Business Journal’s Sports Team of the Year award during a ceremony Wednesday night at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square. Luc Robitaille accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Sports Team of the Year. pic.twitter.com/Shd8zkduSl — LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) May 21, 2015 The award is presented to a team that exhibited “excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes” between […]

Juan Ocampo / National Hockey League
May 20, 2015 5:03 pm

Player evaluation: Gaborik

MARIAN GABORIK This season: 69 games, 27 goals, 20 assists, 47 points, 16 penalty minutes, +7 rating, 16:55 time on ice The good: Whether or not it was due to a preseason muscle injury or the limited recovery time afforded by a deep Stanley Cup run, Marian Gaborik did not exactly break out of the gates in 2014-15 and totaled just eight points while playing in 18 of the team’s […]

Seshu Photography
May 20, 2015 11:26 am

Photos: Quick inducted into Avon Old Farms Hall of Fame

Jonathan Quick won New England championships in 2004 and 2005 as the goaltender for Avon Old Farms, a Connecticut boarding school that counts fellow Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brian Leetch as an alumni. Last Saturday, Quick, in addition to the 2004 and 2005 championship hockey teams that compiled a 52-3 record, was inducted into the Avon Old Farms Hall of Fame, along with Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins (a 2000 […]

Juan Ocampo / National Hockey League
May 19, 2015 4:44 pm

Futa talks Kings’ spring focus, Monarchs’ run

Speaking with Michael Futa today, the Los Angeles Kings’ Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel did not mince words when he described the feeling of the franchise’s first playoff-free spring since 2009. “It hits you right in the stones,” he said about narrowly missing the playoffs and not being able to defend the Stanley Cup. “It’s a wake up for everybody, and it’s not like we’re […]

Matej Divizna / Getty Images Sport
May 19, 2015 10:46 am

International update; catching up with KingsVision

With the World Championship having ended with a Canadian gold, a Russian silver and an American bronze, the IIHF Men’s World Rankings have been updated, and the 2018 Men’s Olympic Tournament pools have begun to take shape. It has not yet been decided whether the NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will work out an agreement that will again allow NHL players to participate in the Olympics, which has happened in […]

Juan Ocampo / National Hockey League
May 18, 2015 6:04 pm

Player evaluation: Kopitar

ANZE KOPITAR This season: 79 games, 16 goals, 48 assists, 64 points, 10 penalty minutes, -2 rating, 19:23 time on ice The good: Anze Kopitar is working on two streaks. He has led the Kings in scoring for eight consecutive years and is now, for the second straight season, a Selke Trophy finalist. One of the top possession-driving forwards on the league’s top possession team and terrific at using his […]

Valencia, CA
May 18, 2015 12:19 pm

Building local high school hockey begins with tryouts

With Matt Nieto and Emerson Etem’s ascendance to key roles on strong National Hockey League teams, Long Beach emerged as the representative city of Southern California’s growing sway in the share of American-born hockey players. On a cool and clear Sunday in the Santa Clarita Valley, with Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League tryouts taking place on once of Valencia Ice Station’s three sheets, and Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan […]

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