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Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Bob Bourne

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Since their inception in 1967, the Los Angeles Kings have always had some sort of championship lineage in their locker room. Whether it was Red Kelly and Bob Pulford from their Toronto days or Terry Harper or Steve Shutt from their Montreal days, the Kings, while they may not have ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Jared Aulin

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We have all been in walks of life where those who supported us the most had left us, although most commonly via resignation or dismissal. For Jared Aulin, that was no different but for the former NHLer, it was under tragic circumstances. When Aulin was acquired by the Los Angeles ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Craig Redmond

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Upon being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1984, Craig Redmond was ranked by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau as the top offensive defenseman entering that year’s draft. Having been awarded WCHA‘s Freshman of the Year in 1983, his lone season at the University of Denver, Redmond would move ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Roman Vopat

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Few seasons were more transitional for the Los Angeles Kings than 1995-96. Just three seasons after reaching the Stanley Cup Final, the Kings had spent the campaign making a slew of changes, trading the likes of Marty McSorley and Darryl Sydor while letting Tony Granato and Kelly Hrudey leave via ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Chris Kontos

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The 1988-89 season brought a new look to the Los Angeles Kings. With the aquisition of arguably the game’s greatest player in Wayne Gretzky, the Kings did away with their traditional forum-blue-and-gold uniforms and went the same route as the NFL’s Raiders, sporting the always-intimidating silver-and-black. But Gretzky and the ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Kevin Westgarth

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When he began his professional hockey career, he wasn’t known as a fighter. It wouldn’t be long, though, until dropping the gloves would become routine for Kevin Westgarth, who had established himself as one of the game’s most fearsome enforcers before finding a new identity — and, in the process, ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Stu Grimson

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“This is a man gone mad,” play-to-play announcer Jim Hughson said of him on the evening of January 16, 1992. The next morning, I would tune in to TSN‘s Sportsdesk to witness what had happened. This giant of a man would dash jersey-less across the ice of the old Chicago ...

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Royal Reflection: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Larry Murphy

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No matter how talented a player is, for some who are drafted in the first round — much less the Top 5 — the pressure of performing at the highest level may prove to be too great. This is especially the case for those who jump right into the NHL ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Mathieu Schneider

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As memorable as their playoff run in 1993 was, the Los Angeles Kings would have to wait eight more years to witness their next postseason series victory. For many, though, it was worth the wait as the Kings entered the 2001 playoffs with, if you will, a new lease on ...

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