Based on emails and other feedback, below are some of the interviews readers were most interested in. If you missed one of them the first time around, relive it today for the first time:
Ian Laperriere – One of the most popular players in Kings history was the guest on the first ever MayorsManor podcast. We cover his full career and the 20+ minute conversation is highlighted by his very candid comments on several of his key teammates - Rob Blake, Mattias Norstrom, Sean Avery and many more. Click here for more info on the podcast.
Luc Robitaille – The Kings all-time goals leader checked in just a few days before his Hall of Fame induction. It’s a conversations that covers Luc’s full career and the key players and moments that shaped it. Topics include Barry Melrose, Wayne Gretzky, Bruce McNall, the Stanley Cup, having a trophy named after him, why he signed with the Red Wings, Gary Bettman, hockey memorabilia, etc. To read 20 Questions with #20 click here.
Kelly Hrudey – The man that will forever be linked with the Kings trip to the ’93 Stanley Cup finals stopped by to talk about the playoffs, his relationship with Dean Lombardi, teams that gave the Kings fits back then, being drafted by the Islanders, his first training camp in New York, underrated players and Robb Stauber stealing his job – click here to read the full interview. [update: he returned for a 2010-11 season preview - that article is located here]
Mike Modano – The all-time leading goal scorer among American born players is a true hockey legend. The former captain of the Dallas Stars chatted with the Mayor about the Stars winning the Stanley Cup, the team’s move from Minnesota, what he’ll do after hockey, not playing in the All Star game, almost signing with the Boston Bruins, being dissed by the Predators, getting knocked out by Mark Messier and lots more – click here to read the full interview. [update: he returned in the summer after signing in Detroit - that article is located here]
Ethan Moreau – A first round draft pick in 1994, he discussed his time with the Blackhawks, the trade that brought him to Edmonton, the pressure of being the Oilers captain, going to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, Chris Pronger, the firing of Craig MacTavish and yes, we even talk about his semi-nude photo shoot for ESPN – click here to read the full interview.
John Buccigross – For a different slant we caught up with ESPN’s guru of hockey. He gives his take on all the teams in the Western Conference, the greatest hockey game he ever saw, his favorite arena, changes he’d make to the game if he was the NHL Commissioner and other quirky puck related tidbits – click here to read the full interview. [update: he returned for a 2010-11 season preview - that article is located here]
Andy Murray – Andy Murray went from being a virtual unknown when he was first hired by the Kings to their most successful coach in history. After three trips to the playoffs and with the team above .500, despite being riddled with injuries, he was let go with just a handful of games remaining in the 2005-06 season. In his MayorsManor interview we talk getting hired and fired by the Kings and all things in between, plus his sons, his favorite players, the Kings player he’d most like to have on his NHL team and tons more. Click here to read.
Rob Blake – Yes, the interview many thought they’d never see on this site. On some levels you want to like him for what he did for the organization. On the other hand, you want to hate him for what he did to the organization. Read about the history between the Mayor and Blake. Plus, get Rob’s thoughts on being drafted by the Kings, going to the Finals in ’93, the trade, resigning the Kings captaincy, coming back to LA and so much more. It’s the interview that has been described as one of the best ever to appear on MayorsManor. Click here to read it now.
Colten Teubert – the other defenseman the Kings selected in the first round of the 2008 draft. Mr. Nasty just finished up a stellar junior career, where he also led Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. He played for the Kings ECHL minor league affiliate at the end of last season and returned there in March 2009. In his interview with the Mayor he talks about being drafted, being a prospect and his dreams of playing in Los Angeles. Click here to read Tuesdays with Teubert.
Gary Shuchuk – prior to helping the Kings reach the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals this hard working grinder led Wisconsin in scoring and won the NCAA hockey championship. Two years later he won the AHL’s Calder Cup. He stopped by Mayors Manor prior to the 2010 Frozen Four to talk about his time in college hockey – which included playing with Tony Granato, Curtis Joseph and Mike Richter to name a few. He also gives his predictions on the 2010 NCAA hockey championship – read it here.
Bob Miller – legendary Kings announcer chats with the Mayor about the Olympics, being back in the playoffs, Forum memories, former players, when he plans to retire and a lot more…so much that it’s a two-part interview
Jeremy Roenick – another American hockey legend…JR stops by to preview the Canada-USA game at the 2010 World Junior Championships.
Robb Stauber – Hobey Baker award winner and former Kings goalie
Scott Norton – two part interview with Dustin Brown’s agent
Kyle Dubas – agent for several Kings prospects and the youngest NHLPA certified player rep
Cam Fowler – 2010 Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick
* Other rounds: Calle Jarnkrok, Brandon Archibald, Brock Beukeboom, Brandon Underwood, Taylor Aronson, Ivan Telegin, Luke Moffatt, Stephen Silas and many more – too see a full list, type “2010 Draft Interview” in the search box near of the page.
Kings Training Camp 2010 Interviews:
Jonathan Bernier – 2006 Kings first round draft pick
JF Berube – 2009 Kings draft pick
Kyle Clifford – 2009 Kings draft pick
Corey Elkins - Rookie goal leader at Manchester
Nic Deslauriers – 2009 Kings draft pick
Thomas Hickey – 2007 Kings first round draft pick
Brandon Kozun – 2009 Kings draft pick
Jordan Nolan – 2009 Kings draft pick
Jordan Weal – 2010 Kings draft pick
Future Fridays: Interview w/ Derek Forbort – Kings 2010 first round draft pick
NHL Research and Development Camp – two participants (Seth Ambroz and Matt Nieto) check in with thoughts on the proposed rule changes