1993: Looking back at the LA Kings vs Toronto Maple Leafs

MayorsManor LA Kings

With Fox Sports West airing two playoff games from 1993 last night, twitter was abuzz with memories as older fans reminisced during one of the greatest 7-game series to ever be played and newer fans were finally able to witness the drama as it unfolded. Hat tricks by both captains, a style of physical play you [...]

Remembering Winnipeg and Gretzky’s last game with the LA Kings

For several years in the mid 90’s it seemed like the Kings were on a ‘Closing Down the Arena’ tour, as they made their final visits to old Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden, Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the Capital Centre just outside Washington DC and several others.
However, it was their second-to-last skate around the ice [...]

Kings at Maple Leafs – notes on Melrose, Mitchell, mistakes

Tonight will be the end of an era on at least two fronts.
First, interim coach John Stevens will be coaching his last game for the Kings – as Darryl Sutter is expected to be officially announced as the team’s new bench boss tomorrow and resume game duties Thursday vs the Ducks.
Second, beginning next season, gone [...]

Anze Kopitar in the lead for 3rd annual Eddie Joyal Award

Eddie Joyal, early LA Kings star

At the end of Spring Training, the Dodgers hand out the Roy Campanella Award, to a player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the team’s former Hall of Fame catcher.
On a more humble note, for the past few seasons, MayorsManor has recognized the player who leads the Kings [...]

Is Kansas City more of a hockey town than Los Angeles?

On the surface, you might not think of Kansas City as a hockey town. Instead, your sports mind probably first takes you to baseball’s Royals or football’s Chiefs.
But, eight miles down the road from the home stadiums of those two teams, a pair of NHL hockey clubs will square off in a sold out arena [...]

Original King bookened his HOF career with Fox and Toffoli

A Killer goodbye (photo by: TotalPhoto.ca)

In October 1967, Brian Kilrea scored the first goal in Los Angeles Kings history.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Make no mistake about it though, it had nothing to do with his time in the NHL, where he played a grand total of 26 games and [...]

More history – of the 25th kind – to be made today?

Some of the best creations to ever come out of the NHL’s Marketing Department are the ‘History Will Be Made’ commercials.
In about 30 second intervals they capture the greatest moments in hockey by simply using clips from a game, some music and a thought provoking question.
Even though the Kings are still searching for their first [...]

Willie Mitchell has seen this all before

photo courtesy of www.sharkspage.com 

When you talk to a professional athlete about their team’s performance you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get.
Will it be full of cliches and other non answers? Will the response include deflection, praise for the other team or even back-handed compliments?
With Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell it’s been the same thing [...]

One game doesn’t make a season…or a series

From as little as one game to as many as 805…
Babych – Bach – Backstrom – Barnes – Barney – Baron – Barrett – Barrie – Batyrshin – Baumgartner – Beck – Bednar – Bekar – Belanger – Benning – Berg – Bergeron – Bernier – Bernier – Berry – Berthiaume – Beverley – Bjugstad [...]

Doughty on the Sharks – His Memories and Concerns

Long before Drew Doughty was a Norris Trophy finalist and one of the top defensemen in the league – OK wait, not that long before, more like a year earlier – he made his NHL debut against the Sharks.
Below he gives some thoughts about now playing them in the playoffs for the first time and [...]