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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Sean O’Donnell

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As great a teacher as she was, Mrs. M. was also a huge hockey fan. In fact, during the 1993 playoffs, it was entertaining watching her make sentences that resembled the players from her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs — i.e. “Andrew chucked” (Dave Andreychuk); “When Del…” (Wendel Clark); or “Gill ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Jim Thomson

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Jim Thomson was 13 years old when his hometown Edmonton Oilers joined the NHL as part of the NHL-WHA Merger. This began one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history, led by arguably the game’s greatest player in Wayne Gretzky. Like every kid growing up in Edmonton, Jim Thomson dreamed ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Philippe Boucher

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When reflecting on their team in the mid-1990’s, fans of the Los Angeles Kings recall a transition period that saw the club make a few trades that left many scratching their heads. Trading Darryl Sydor and some guy named Wayne Gretzky are among two of the Kings who the team ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Alexei Zhitnik

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Original photo credit: Harry Scull Jr.

As the Los Angeles Kings entered the 1990’s, there was a palpable feeling that the club was about to turn a crucial corner in their history. Led by Wayne Gretzky, the Kings had a good balance of veteran leadership with Dave Taylor and Larry Robinson to offensive firepower from Luc ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Bob Bourne

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Original photo credit: Peter Read Miller

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 and Steve Shutt from their Montreal days, the Kings, while they may not have always been ...

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50 Years of LA Kings Hockey – The Gretzky Trade

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Alright, alright. The time has finally arrived for us to go back in time and re-live not just one of the biggest and most important moments in Los Angeles Kings` history, but one of the biggest and most important moments in the history of the NHL and the hockey world, ...

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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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Original photo credit: Greg Abel

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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Original photo credit: A Foxhall

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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