Tuesday’s 10 Tidbits on the Hockey-n-Wrestling connection

In 1985, in what’s billed as the World’s Most Famous Arena, Vince McMahon launched his version of professional wrestling into super-stardom, live from Madison Square Garden. Largely on the back of a “Rock-n-Wrestling” connection – fueled in part by a partnership with MTV – his World Wrestling Federation staged the first WrestleMania.
Fast forward 25 years…just […]

Interview with Dave Torrie, GM of the Soo Greyhounds (OHL)

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver…are all names that come to mind when thinking of places in Canada.
Sault St. Marie isn’t one of them. Located about six hours from the hockey hotbed of London, Ontario, the OHL Arena Guide notes “For a city as isolated as Sault Ste. Marie, visiting fans are a seldom-seen rarity.”
However, it hasn’t stopped […]

OHL GM speaks out on Kings prospects

If you like GMs that aren’t afraid to speak their mind, leaders like Dean Lombardi and Brian Burke, then you’ll probably love Dave Torrie.
For the last seven years he’s been at the helm of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.  Although he could be described as an Ontario, Canadian hockey lifer, his ties to Los […]

Welcome to LA – 10 Tidbits on Willie Mitchell

It’s been an interesting summer for the LA Kings in terms of roster moves.
While the July headlines were dominated with news on various left wingers, August will certainly be remembered as the month of D.
Just weeks after word surfaced that Matt Greene could possibly be out until November recovering from a shoulder injury, the Kings once-deep prospect pool suddenly thinned […]

NHL Summer School with Ambroz and Nieto

When Brendan Shanahan was first hired as the NHL’s new VP of Hockey and Business Development last December, many wondered exactly what his role would be. Sure, he was a three-time Stanley Cup champion and an Olympic Gold Medal winner. But, just how did the league plan on utilizing him in this new capacity?
If last […]

Future Fridays – Interview with NHL prospect Nick Bjugstad

On a Saturday afternoon earlier this summer, things were lining up perfectly. Almost too perfectly.
Twenty one summers prior, Scott Bjugstad signed with the Kings after spending one season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  While he scored only five goals over the next three years in Los Angeles, it still allowed him entry into a very small club – players […]

Tuesday’s 10 Tidbits – Turning the Page

At what point is last season really over? Was it when the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs? Was it draft weekend, with it’s heavy emphasis on the future? Was it July 1st, when the free agency window opened? Perhaps, it’s when training camp finally opens in a few weeks.
If the truth is somewhere in […]

Two Minutes in the Box with… Bobby Ryan

They say that retail is in the details. And while it might not have the same ring to it, hockey is in the numbers.
Take number nine for example, it’s one of the most famous digits in hockey. Gordie Howe wore it. So did Rocket Richard and Bobby Hull.  More recently, Mike Modano built a Hall […]

Interview with JF Berube – Team Canada report

Earlier this week we checked in with Kings prospect Kyle Clifford, getting his take on the just completed evaluation camp for Team Canada’s World Jr. team.
Today, we move to the other end of the ice. Fellow Kings prospect JF Berube steps away from the goaltending crease and shares his thoughts on the camp…plus, a few […]

Tuesday’s 10 Tidbits on Team USA’s WJC Camp

Nearly all of the best hockey players in the world make a stop at the annual World Junior Championships, held each year right after Christmas.
Both the Canadian and U.S. programs just completed their evaluation camps for this winter’s tournament. Yesterday, Kings prospect Kyle Clifford checked in with a report on what went down with […]