For most hockey players, transitioning to the professional ranks is fraught with struggles. It’s a story seen time and time again, and one that happens to even the best of players. As they face a stiffer level of competition, there is usually a transition period where players will battle to find their game and often not […]
The migration of major hockey to the west coast continues, as preparations are underway to bring Division 1 hockey to Las Vegas. Fresh on the heels of the AHL placing five teams in California, and the NHL expansion on the horizon, now comes the next major pillar.
Just over a year ago, Arizona State University surprised […]
The following article is part of a continuing series this season, where MayorsManor correspondent David Hofreiter provides commentary on prospects playing in the Canadian-based major junior leagues and US-based college hockey programs. He’ll usually spend time tracking a player, then offer some opinions and observations based on a single game or multiple games, depending on […]
Later this afternoon St. Cloud State will be competing in their first Frozen Four. And for junior defenseman Kevin Gravel (2010 Kings draft pick), it’s a dream come true. For the past three years he’s talked about his Huskies hockey team being a true up and coming program. Now, they sit on the steps of […]
Kevin Gravel, a 6-foot-4 defenseman drafted by the Kings in 2010, is getting ready to skate in the Frozen Four for the first time. We had a chance to catch up with him last night as he and his St Cloud State teammates prepare for perhaps the biggest weekend of their lives.
In the first of […]
While the Kings were seemingly represented by dozens of prospects in junior hockey over the past few seasons, this year saw a bit of change – as most of LA’s key amateur players were on the rosters of U.S. college teams.
However, the shifting tide isn’t that surprising because Los Angeles has had a greater than average number of former NCAA players on their […]
It’s time for March Madness of a different sort – this one is on ice!
Five Kings’ prospects will be participating in this year’s NCAA post-season hockey tournament. For those not familiar with the finer points, it works similar to the college basketball format – all games are ‘one and done,’ with the winner advancing and […]
“I’ll be back!”
That’s not Arnold Schwarzenegger uttering his famous line, it’s actually NHL prospect Ray Kaunisto talking about his impending return to twitter.
“I’m just taking a little hiatus,” he told us during a recent phone interview from his home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan – YooperVille USA, if you will.
Never afraid to speak the truth, […]
Now that the Kings have wrapped up their annual Development Camp, it’s time to see what some of the coaches and players thought of the experience. We’ll start off with Nelson Emerson (player development coach) and Kim Dillabaugh (goaltending coach). Then, in the next article, we’ll hear from several participants – including 2012 draftee Tomas […]
They say first round picks are easy to make at the NHL Draft. It’s those hidden gems in the later rounds where scouts and General Managers truly earn their keep. And if 20-year old Kevin Gravel has his way, one day he’s going to make Dean Lombardi and staff look really smart.
The 6-foot-4 defenseman recently wrapped […]