Notes on a summer Sunday - LA Kings Insider

Often, some of the most interesting aspects of the season aren’t known until it is done. Yesterday, for instance, I learned (from Colin Fraser) that shortly before the start of training camp last September, Philip Anschutz hosted all of the Kings players on his ranch in Colorado for a couple days of golfing, skeet shooting and other leisure, team-building activities. I also learned, per a Kings executive, that Justin Williams gave an impassioned speech to the team just before the start of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, an anecdote that Williams talks about on the NHL’s official Finals DVD (that DVD, by the way, will not have the Bob Miller-Jim Fox Game 6 call, but something is still very much in the near-future works for that).

It’s been a whirlwind 10 months, so if things get a bit quiet around here at times over the next few weeks, it’s because I’ll be trying to get away for a bit. There will still be plenty of items here to discuss, including the ongoing player evaluations, and of course I’ll stay on top of any news. I’m also frantically trying to complete the text for the Kings’ official commemorative book, which is going to be something special (for many other reasons besides the text). Also, shortly I’ll be posting an item inviting “open forum’’ questions. For those who might be newer to the blog, the open forum is basically just a question-and-answer session that I try to tackle to the best of my ability. Please hold off on the questions for a little bit, until the item is posted.

The latest photo session for “Faces of the L.A. Kings Fans” is taking place right now at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and will wrap up at 6 p.m. More information is available by clicking here.

Finally, I want to wish good luck to popular local writer Adam Serrano, who has been hired by the L.A. Galaxy to do the team’s “Galaxy Insider’’ blog and provide full coverage of the team. As I understand it, the Galaxy’s goal is to basically emulate what we have here, which is pretty cool. It’s a sign that all of you have helped make this a very successful venture so far, and for that I thank you very much. So, if you’re interested in the Galaxy, give Adam a look over at lagalaxy.com/blog. I met him the other day and he’s a great guy who wants to bring strong coverage to soccer fans, so best of luck to him.