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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 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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LA Kings Well-Represented at World Cup of Hockey

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Right off the bat, let me just say that I was reticent about the return of the World Cup of Hockey. At first, it didn’t seem necessary to add another international tournament in addition to the Olympics and the annual World Hockey Championship. It also meant less time off for ...

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Kelly McCrimmon on LA Kings Prospect Kale Clague: “I Expect Him to be a Dominant Player”

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While free agency is hockey’s hottest topic when the calendar turns to July, the Los Angeles Kings have another summer tradition and that is their annual Development Camp, which began this past Monday in El Segundo. One of the participants in this week’s camp is one of the Kings’ most ...

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Excitement Palpable as NHL Prepares for Return of World Cup of Hockey

World Cup of Hockey press conference stage, Air Canada Centre, Toronto; Sep. 9, 2015 (Photo credit: Ryan Cowley)

TORONTO — To suggest that the National Hockey League has come a long way since 2004 would be an understatement. It may have suffered through two lockouts but all things considered, the National Hockey League is in great shape. From the advent of the Winter Classic and later the Stadium ...

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Remembering Pat Quinn: 1943-2014

A collage of Pat Quinn (Image credit: Chris Thomas)

A life in hockey. For a boy growing up in Canada, that is the ultimate dream – and for John Brian Patrick Quinn, he had the honour of living it. After a nine-year playing career in the National Hockey League that saw him suit up for the Toronto Maple Leafs, ...

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A Discussion with Kings Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger

A collage of Darren Granger (Image credit: Chris Thomas)

The management, the coaches, the players: those who are at the forefront when teams win championships – and rightfully so. But there is always more to the equation. The training staff play a significant role, as do the scouts and those in player development. But there is one special aspect ...

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Talking with Ex-King Anson Carter

Los Angeles Kings' Anson Carter (wearing white helmet) sails across the net in front of Calgary Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff and Flames' Denis Gauthier during first-period NHL action in Calgary, Saturday, March 27, 2004. (AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh)

Last week, I had the pleasure of talking with former NHLer Anson Carter who is currently in his hometown of Toronto filming Season 4 of CBC’s Battle of the Blades. While we did discuss his time on Battle, Carter also enlightened me on his experiences in Los Angeles as a ...

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