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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Kevin Westgarth

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Original photo credit: Getty Images

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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50 Years of LA Kings Hockey : The Miracle on Manchester

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Everybody loves a good underdog story. Whether it was David vs Goliath in the bible, The New York Mets vs the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series, or Bret “The Hitman” Hart against the 500 pound Yokozuna at WrestleMania X, (not the one from Wrestlemania IX), people love ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Stu Grimson

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Original photo credit: Kellie Landis/Allsport

“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 Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Larry Murphy

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Original photo courtesy of SportsMemorabilia.com

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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Original photo credit: Andrew D. Bernstein

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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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Tom Laidlaw

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His arrival to Los Angeles marked the end of an era, or, rather, the beginning of a new one. On March 10, 1987, the Los Angeles Kings had pulled off a trade with the New York Rangers that saw them part ways with their then-all-time leading scorer, Marcel Dionne. With ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Adam Deadmarsh

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For 42 years, my father waited for his Detroit Red Wings to win a Stanley Cup — a feeling Kings fans can certainly relate to. For my father, that wait ended in 1997 as he finally witnessed his team hoist Lord Stanley’s chalice before watching them do it again the ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Darryl Sydor

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Original photo courtesy of the Trading Card Database (1992-93 Topps)

Following their memorable playoff run in 1993, the Los Angeles Kings began to trade away their young talent. From Tomas Sandstrom to Alexei Zhitnik, it had seemed as though the silver-and-black were more focused on winning at the moment rather than patiently building. Whatever the reasons were for this youth ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum John Slaney

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The brief period between Wayne Gretzky‘s departure and the team breaking their playoff drought saw the Los Angeles Kings play in relative obscurity. From struggles on the ice to ownership issues off the ice, the Kings had gone through one of their toughest periods between 1995 and 1997. One member ...

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LA Kings Remain Well-Represented by Prospects at World Juniors

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With the round robin wrapped up (say that 10 times fast), the 2017 World Junior Championship rings in the new year with its medal round as the remainder of the tournament focuses solely on Montreal. Entering this year’s tournament, there were three Los Angeles Kings prospects taking part. However, by ...

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