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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Daryl Evans

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Original photo credit: Bruce Bennett

While skill plays a role, so does luck. But, don’t go thinking that being lucky is a bad thing. Ask Bob Nystrom; ask Mike Eruzione; ask anyone who has ever scored a career-defining game-winning goal if timing means anything. For Daryl Evans, it certainly did and, while his goal may ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Jim Thomson

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Original picture courtesy of Hockey Hall of Fame

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 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 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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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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50 Years of LA Kings Hockey: The Triple Crown Line

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Guess who’s back for an all-out attack and that all out attack is… well, by the ‘Triple Crown Line’! What a perfect hip-hop segue for us to jump back into our favorite time machines (I personally prefer the DeLorean, complete with a Flux Capacitor and a Mr. Fusion for the ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Gary Shuchuk

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Original photo credit: Topps series 1993-94

Despite the playoff thrills the Los Angeles Kings have enjoyed early on, they were never able to get very far in their first 25 years of their existence. More specifically, the Kings were never able to get past the second round during this time. In their 26th season, though, things ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Legend Kelly Hrudey

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Original photo credit: Bruce Bennett

It was not as a member of the Los Angeles Kings but rather a member of the New York Islanders when this writer, as a very young child, was first introduced to this flashy netminder. In what will forever be known as ‘The Easter Epic,’ Game 7 of the 1987 ...

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Royal Reflections: Speaking with LA Kings Alum Dale DeGray

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He spent just one season with the Los Angeles Kings but it was a pivotal one for the franchise as it was the beginning of a new era – the Wayne Gretzky area. With Gretzky’s acquisition came the palpable ardor of the new season as the reigning Stanley Cup champion ...

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