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Royal Reflections: 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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Hall of Fame Weekend a Special One for the LA Kings

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TORONTO – Every November marks a very special weekend in the hockey world, but that was especially the case for the Los Angeles Kings who saw three of their members enter the game’s Holiest shrine: the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2016, former Kings’ equipment manager Mark O’Neill, former Kings’ ...

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At Last: LA Kings Legend Rogie Vachon Finally a Hockey Hall-of-Famer

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TORONTO – To suggest that this was a long time coming would be a significant understatement. However, as the old adage goes, it is better late than never and this weekend, Los Angeles Kings legend Rogie Vachon received his rightful due, officially being enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame. ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Inaugural Goal-Scorer Brian Kilrea

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The date was October 14, 1967, the venue was the old Long Beach Arena. The newly-christened Los Angeles Kings made their NHL debut against one of their expansion cousins, the Philadelphia Flyers. Fans in attendance watching the newborn Kings witnessed the first-ever goal scored by the team – off the ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Luc Robitaille

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Looking back on how it all started, it is almost incomprehensible to fathom that he was drafted in the ninth round. Yet, despite his nickname “Lucky”, Luc Robitaille had proven that he was anything but. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Luc Robitaille was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 171st overall in ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Bernie Nicholls

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With the start of the 1988-89 season came an exciting new chapter for the Los Angeles Kings. Suddenly, the team known for donning forum-blue-and-gold took a page out of the NFL‘s Raiders‘ book by switching to silver-and-black. But it wasn’t just the appearance that made the Kings different. They had ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Rogie Vachon

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Since he became eligible 31 years ago, Rogie Vachon has been passed over for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Last week, the wait ended as the Los Angeles Kings legend was selected for the Hall’s Class of 2016 along with Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and the late Pat ...

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Apologies to Skeptics But Rogie Vachon Does Deserve to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame

BOSTON, MA - 1970's: Rogie Vachon #30 of the Los Angeles Kings tends goal in game against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden .  (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Yesterday was a celebratory day for the Los Angeles Kings family, but even more so for Rogie Vachon personally who, after 31 years, finally received the call that he was to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Vachon joins a short list of inductees this year which includes ...

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