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A Glimpse At The Critical Role Development Has Played In LA Kings’ Championships

Former NHL defenseman and general manager Mike O’Connell (standing) instructs LA Kings prospects during the team’s 2014 Development Camp on July 8, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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2014 DEVELOPMENT CAMP: Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2014 Development Camp with a story on what the team is trying to accomplish during their annual camp for their young prospects and the impact their development staff has had on the team’s success. ALSO: listen to an audio interview with former Kings left wing Mike Donnelly, now on the team’s development and scouting staffs.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — The hockey world is now in what should probably be known as The Dreaded Lull, that period between the height of unrestricted free agent signings on July 1, and the start of National Hockey League training camps in mid-September, a period when it seems like everything related to the game has been sucked into a black hole.

The result: hockey fans are bored out of their minds, clamoring for any little tidbit of something hockey-related to help them survive the two-and-a-half months before training camps open.

Something that helps fans cope is that NHL teams now have development camps for their young prospects in July and August, giving fans and hockey media alike something to chew on during The Dreaded Lull, and the Los Angeles Kings are no exception.

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Frozen Royalty Photographer David Sheehan’s Work Featured on NHL Network During 2014 Stanley Cup Final

LOS ANGELES — On June 13, prior to the Los Angeles Kings winning Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, and their second Stanley Cup Championship in three seasons, former Kings left wing and current radio color commentator Daryl Evans was a guest on the NHL Network, previewing that night’s game at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Near the end of the interview, Evans was asked about the fact that he skates with unlaced skates, and they showed a photo of Evans on the ice with skates that, you guessed it…had no laces.

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LA Kings Robyn Regher Remained A Team Guy Throughout The 2014 Stanley Cup Final

LA Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, shown here with one of his two sons, during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — On June 13, defenseman Alec Martinez scored at 14:43 of the second overtime period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The victory eliminated the Rangers in five games, and earn the Kings their second Stanley Cup Championship in three seasons.

Although it probably seemed like an eternity to the players, it did not take too much time before National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman handed the Stanley Cup to Kings captain Dustin Brown at center ice.

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What Did Play-By-Play Announcer Bob Miller Say When The LA Kings Won The 2014 Stanley Cup?

LA Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller (right), shown here with television color commentator Jim Fox (left) and Fox Sports West stage manager Donna Moskal, during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, defeating the New York Rangers, 3-2 in double overtime on Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, taking the series in five games.

With 17 interviews from the on-ice celebration, Frozen Royalty will have several stories coming later today and on Sunday. But for now, here’s something many Kings fans are anxiously awaiting…

As most Kings fans know, Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller and color commentator Jim Fox were sidelined after the first round of the playoffs due to NBC’s exclusive rights to televise games from the second round on.

Although Miller and Fox were seen during pre-game and post-game shows, that is certainly not the same as hearing them on game telecasts. But like they did for the potential deciding games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, Miller and Fox recorded their call of Friday’s Game 5 for later distribution.

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