Soon after the Stanley Cup parade takes place in some North American city, it happens.
Millions of fans everywhere began to experience hockey withdrawals, or ‘summer’ as it’s more commonly referred to.
Fortunately, the early part of the off-season has a hat-trick of activities that can partially keep the fire stoked via the NHL Awards, NHL Draft and start of free agency.
Then, today comes. People flip the calender to August – well, those that still literally do things like that – and realize there’s not one thing scheduled even partially resembling the sport they love.
Bare with us though. You can do it. Make it another 30 days and look what’s on the other side…
10 KEY DATES for the LOS ANGELES KINGS
9/10 Rookie Camp opens at TSC in El Segundo, CA (runs through 9/13)
9/11 HockeyFest 2011 at Staples Center
9/13 Kings Charity Golf Tournament – Industry Hills, CA
* 9/14 Rookie game vs. Phoenix Coyotes 6pm – at TSC in El Segundo, CA
* 9/15 Rookie game vs. Phoenix Coyotes 2pm – at TSC in El Segundo, CA
9/16 Main Training Camp opens at TSC in El Segundo, CA (off-ice)
* 9/17 On-ice workouts begin for main camp roster
9/21 Pre-season game: Phoenix Coyotes at LA Kings (Staples Center)
9/25 Pre-season game: Anaheim Ducks at LA Kings (Staples Center)
9/30 Pre-season game: LA Kings at Anaheim Ducks (Honda Center)
10/1 Frozen Fury XIV: Colorado Avalanche vs LA Kings (Las Vegas, NV)
10/7 Opening Night: NY Rangers vs LA Kings (Stockholm, Sweden)
10/8 NHL Premiere, Game Two: Buffalo Sabres vs LA Kings (Berlin, Germany)
* denotes update, as of 8/18/2011
Hockey season is almost here.
Hang in there. You can do it.
In the meantime, be sure to keep up to date this summer with all the news and inside information right here on MayorsManor. Just this weekend, we had an exclusive interview with Colin Fraser about his injuries, the Dodgers James Loney talked about his desire to play hockey at Staples Center and Rich Clune shared his thoughts on Bud Holloway leaving the Monarchs for Europe.
And there’s lots more to come…