Future Fridays – Interview w/ Kevin Gravel

Jack Johnson, Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi. All three are American born. All three are products of U.S. college programs.
At the NHL Draft this past June, where the Kings were expected to go after skilled forwards, they bookended their five picks by taking two more American-born defenseman. The pair were also off to college as […]

Super Series Game 3 – Notes on Toffoli and Kitsyn

After sweeping the opening two games against the QMJHL earlier this week, Team Russia dropped its first contest versus the OHL all-stars by a score of 4-0 earlier tonight.
This continued the trend of the last seven years. Entering the game, teams from the OHL had beaten the visiting Russians 14 out of 14 times, outscoring […]

Super Series Game 2 Preview w/ JF Berube

The Subway Super Series is part international spectacle – highlighted by the play of All-Star teams from the CHL and Russian junior leagues – and part evaluation tournament for Team Canada’s World Junior Championship roster.
Game one of the six-game series took place Tuesday night, with Russia winning 5-4. Things will resume later today with the […]

Bernier update and new poll

A few weeks ago Jonathan Bernier tried out a new mask. However, no matter what he tried he wasn’t satisfied with the comfort level. He just didn’t like it, so he switched back to his original model.
In fact, he’s done with the new one altogether. “It’s just sitting there and I’m not going to use […]

Super Series Game 1 Report w/ Nic Deslauriers

The road to this winter’s World Junior Championships continues, as the Subway Super Series is now underway.
For the past seven years Russia has sent over a team of junior level all-stars to play a six-game series against the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). It’s a pretty straight forward tournament, with two games each against the QMJHL, […]

MayorsManor Podcast – featuring Ian Laperriere

Ian Laperriere is one of the most popular players in Kings history, having played for the team from 1996-2004.
In this interview we cover the trade that brought him to Los Angeles, the highs and lows of his career, playoff memories at Staples Center, contract talks with the Kings…plus, a word association segment that is one for […]

MayorsManor Podcast – featuring Ian Laperriere

Trevor Lewis is wearing #22 this season. Before him were names like Baumgartner, Huddy, Tocchet, Conroy and Halpern. However, for most Kings fans there’s only one #22…Ian Laperriere.
And the admiration for Lappy isn’t just among the fans.
“Ian, the way he plays, tells it all” said captain Dustin Brown when talking about the four leaders that […]

Westgarth and Simmonds on Nashville’s O’Brien

Many professional athletes have memories like elephants. They rarely forget key moments in a game, even many years down the road.
Some situations are more recent. Thus, they’re still fresh in the minds of the participants.
Case in point, Shane O’Brien took on Wayne Simmonds in game five of the Kings playoff series with Vancouver last spring. […]

Game Preview w/ ‘Kings Killer’ Steve Sullivan

In 37 career games versus the Los Angeles Kings, Nashville’s Steve Sullivan has 10 goals, 23 assists (33 points) and is a plus-nine. When playing at Staples Center, he has eight goals and five assists (13 points) in 15 games.
On the short list of guys known for being ‘Kings Killers’ – a group including Shane […]

Kings Game Preview w/ Nashville Captain Shea Weber

Here in Los Angeles, Kings fans know all about the awesome Can-Am duo of Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson. Yet, over in Nashville, they have their own dynamic pair of young blueliners in Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
Back in the February the four were part of one of the best hockey games you’ll ever see, […]