DevCamp 2011: Pre-camp comments from Pierre Durepos

Defenseman Pierre Durepos is no stranger to the highs and lows of a hockey life.
The 6-foot-1 blueliner posted 30 points (3g, 27a) in 68 regular season games last year in the Quebec junior league.
Originally taken 10th overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2009 QMJHL draft, he recently saw several of his [...]

Kitsyn and the Majors are on the board

After dropping their opening game on Friday night to the Saint John Sea Dogs 4-3, Maxim Kitsyn and the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors picked up their first win of the Memorial Cup tournament yesterday.
Sunday’s game pitted them against the Kootenay Ice, champions of the WHL. Cody Eakin (Capitals draft pick) put the Ice up [...]

LA Kings Prospect Report – Game one and Game Seven

Each game over a seven-game playoff series brings a different feeling, a unique flavor. In the middle, you have the ‘who can push the momentum?’ scenario – i.e. can a team take a 3-1 lead or will the other side tie up the series 2-2.
And while each contest is usually filled with pre-game excitement, nerves [...]

LA Kings Prospect Report – Sweeping Through the Playoffs

Things are moving right along in the junior hockey playoffs.
And if there is a theme so far, this may be the year of the sweep.
Among the Kings prospects participating in post-season play either in the WHL, OHL or QMJHL, there were three series that ended in sweeps during the first round – followed by three [...]

Interview with Kings Prospect JF Berube (QMJHL Goalie)

The future has never…NEVER, EVER!…looked brighter in net for the Los Angeles Kings.
Already blessed with two solid aces at the NHL level (Jonathan’s Quick and Bernier), plus two gems in the making at Manchester (Martin Jones and Jeff Zatkoff), it’s easy for some to forget about JF Berube.
After all, he plays in the Quebec Major [...]

Interview with OHL Scoring Champion Tyler Toffoli

Heading into the NHL Draft last June many scouts had Tyler Toffoli pegged as a late first rounder. With some questioning his skating ability, he dropped a bit and when he was still sitting there mid-way through the second, Kings GM Dean Lombardi did his thing – ‘Dealer Dean’ traded his second and fourth round [...]

Interview with WHL Scoring Champion Linden Vey

If you’ve been following along all season – of even half way paying attention – you know that many of the Kings prospects are having exceptional years.
Linden Vey, a fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, would have to rank right up at the top of the list, having just won the WHL scoring [...]

Special Seasons Continue for LA Kings Prospects

Over the past few seasons the Kings have been blessed with stellar performances from several of their prospects playing junior hockey.
Andrei Loktionov won a Memorial Cup in 2009, Thomas Hickey captained Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, Brandon Kozun was the CHL’s Top Scorer and Martin Jones the WHL’s Top Goaltender – just to [...]

OHL Season Kickoff w/ Ottawa GM Brian Kilrea

Yesterday’s look at the Windsor Spitfires featured a glimpse into the man running the reigning and defending champion (that’s a Bruce Buffer-ism for all you MMA fans), Warren Rychel.
Later tonight, the OHL season gets underway for two franchises at different points in their development. Neither the Ottawa 67s, nor the Soo Greyhounds enter action ranked in [...]

OHL season kickoff w/ Windsor GM Warren Rychel

Several of his former teammates will tell you, ‘Warren Rychel’ wasn’t exactly the first name that came to mind when thinking of which players would turn into coaches or general managers after their days on the ice were over.
Yet, there’s no arguing with the results.
The former Kings tough guy is coming off back-to-back championships at [...]