Kings prospect JF Berube probably seeking new nickname

Since being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, goaltender JF Berube has seen his stock quietly rise.
This past season he posted some of the best numbers in the entire Quebec junior league – including 32 wins, a 2.60 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. [...]

Manchester Monarchs: Gm1 Notes, Quotes, Schenn Update

Last night the Manchester Monarchs opened their 2011 AHL Playoff run with a 2-1 win over the Binghamton Senators.
They received goals from defenseman David Kolomatis and center Corey Elkins. Justin Azevedo, Jordan Nolan and Viatcheslav Voynov picked up assists. Jordan Weal was a healthy scratch and Tyler Toffoli managed just one shot in the game.
Game [...]

Ontario Reign Coach on Poor Season – ‘It’s All On Me’

Last night was another sellout crowd at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario. And on the ice, the Reign lost another game.
Wait…they won 3-1.
Losing has become such a frequent thing for the team this year it’s easy to assume it happened again. However, it didn’t. The goaltending – which has been a point of concern [...]

Interview with Monarchs ‘Man of the Year’ Bud Holloway

Earlier this week, Bud Holloway scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season for the Manchester Monarchs.
While guys like Thomas Hickey (first round NHL draft pick), Viatcheslav Voynov (just announced as AHL Second Team All-Star) and Oscar Moller (currently up with the Kings) may get more press and attention, one things is clear…
Holloway has a special [...]

Reminiscing with Westgarth’s Princeton Teammate

Daryl Marcoux is a 5’10” defenseman who played his college hockey at one of the finest learning institutions on the planet, Princeton University.
These days, he finds himself patrolling the blueline for the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder.
With no disrespect to Nick Diaz and his 209 pride, that’s not exactly a step up in the world.
Still, he’s ‘living [...]

…And Now You’re Caught Up (2/14/2011)

Love is in the air today.
For those who are equally as passionate about freshly cut ice, hits in the corner, going five hole, penalty shots and hip checks – here are the ten stories to help catch you up on what’s been going on in the world of hockey.
This week’s notes include items on the [...]

Kings vs Ducks, Of a Different Sort

For SoCal hockey fans few things are better than a Kings-Ducks game. Both franchises – and their loyal followers – know bragging rights are on the line when they meet on the ice.
This weekend features a three-game series between the Kings and Ducks…well, sort of…
These games will be played between their ECHL affiliates, the Ontario Reign [...]

…And Now You’re Caught Up (12/20/2010)

Hockey has a certain rhythm to it. Every shift, every game and every season is inevitably packed with ebbs and flows. Teams are never as bad as they appear during their lowest points. Never as good as they seem during their highest ones. The very best clubs then must be not just talented, but resilient. [...]

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 [...]