10 Tidbits on Mattias Norstrom

He never won the Stanley Cup. He only scored 14 goals with the team. He made a single appearance in the NHL All-Star Game. And there are very few, if any, truly defining moments from his 11 years in Los Angeles.
Yet, Mattias Norstrom will forever be remembered as the Captain of the Kings.
He’s back in […]

Kovy Finally Arrives in LA

Later tonight Ilya Kovalchuk will rejoin the Kings for the first time since his visit to their training facility back on July 13th.
Only this time around, Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene probably won’t be as accommodating as they were during his last trip to Los Angeles. Having spurned the team for a better […]

Future Fridays – Interview w/ Derek Forbort

When you’re drafting an 18-year old kid it’s a gamble, regardless of the round.
However, when he’s 6-foot-5, plays defense, has an off the charts hockey IQ, has already won a gold medal with Team USA and was recruited to a college hockey program that’s won seven national titles …well, the odds are slightly in your […]

In Search of Primary Scoring

Over the last two years much has been made about the Kings need for secondary scoring.
Questions are now coming from other places…and Kyle Clifford may be the answer.
Last season, the addition of Ryan Smyth up front seemed to unlock center Anze Kopitar‘s true potential. Along with Justin Williams on their right side, the trio was […]

Kings ‘Youth and Promise’ Has Familiar Ring to ‘Hawks

The team was coming off a run where they hadn’t made the playoffs since 2001-02. However, the roster was filled with promising forwards and a few stud defenseman, including one who will be a Norris Trophy finalist for much of the next decade. Which left goaltending as the only question. They responded with a 100-point […]

POLL: Which goalie should start vs. Chicago/Dallas?

Later today Kings Coach Terry Murray will probably tip his hand on which one of his goalies will start on Wednesday night vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. More than likely, that will leave the other guy to start vs. Dallas on Thursday.
Last season Murray had mentioned a preference to start his best line-up in the home […]

Recap of Nick Nickson on NHL Live Radio

Nick Nickson, radio play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Kings, was on NHL Live radio this morning.
Below is a quick recap of the ten-minute phone interview he conducted with hosts Deb Placey and EJ Hradek (of ESPN).  Among the topics covered included an update on Drew Doughty, a preview of the game-within-the-game aspect of tonight’s […]

Opening Night weather: More Thunder than Reign

Over the weekend we ran an interview with Justin Kemp, President of the ECHL’s Ontario Reign – proud affiliate of the LA Kings. One of the questions was about the success the team has had at the gate during its first two years.
Well, their popularity continued Saturday night for the 2010-11 home opener, with an announced […]

Interview w/ Justin Kemp – Ontario Reign President

Minor league hockey sure has come a long way in Southern California. From a dilapidated building in San Diego during the 90’s to games in front of just a few hundred fans inside Long Beach Arena as recently as a couple of years ago, the times they are a changing.
Later tonight the ECHL’s Ontario Reign […]

Kings Prospects – the new Subway Five

When the rosters were announced this week for the upcoming Subway Super Series, you could say the Kings went a perfect 5-0 with their top junior prospects (sorry Robbie Czarnik fans).
For those unfamiliar with the format, over the past seven years Russia has sent over an All-Star team to play two games each against similar teams […]