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After LA Kings Won The 2012 Stanley Cup, Former Defenseman, Captain Mattias Norstrom Was Green With Envy

Former LA Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom (center), was honored by the Kings
during a pre-game ceremony on October 30, 2010, when the Kings hosted
the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — During the Los Angeles Kings’ February 14 practice session at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, a strange, yet familiar figure was taking in the goings on, both on the ice and off.

This player patrolled the Kings blue line for more than ten seasons, serving as their captain from the 2001-02 season through 2006-07. The physical, stalwart blue liner was a warrior on the ice, a competitor as tough as they come—not necessarily in terms of dropping the gloves—and he always was the consummate professional.

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Los Angeles Kings Superstar, Legend Rogie Vachon Says Receiving Stanley Cup Ring Was “Phenomenal”

LA Kings superstars Rogie Vachon (second from left) and Marcel Dionne (second from right) help carry the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship banner onto the ice.
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via the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — While the attention of just about everyone in the building was focused on what was happening on the ice, another important event was happening just off of it.

On January 19, when the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship with their fans, receiving their Stanley Cup rings and raising their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship banner, the team honored two of their brightest former stars.

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Open Letter To The Hockey Hall of Fame: Address The Injustice and Induct Rogie Vachon

Rogie Vachon
Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Over the last handful of years, I have written a few times about former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon, who became the team’s first superstar after coming to the Kings from the storied Montreal Canadiens, where he won three Stanley Cup Championships.

In a word, Vachon was brilliant. Based on his record alone, he should have been a shoo-in to be inducted into the hallowed halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF).

Despite that, Vachon remains on the outside looking in, primarily because those outside of the Los Angeles area rarely got to see him play—he never got the exposure in Canada or in Eastern Time Zone cities that he needed.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Vachon, or would like to know more, the following stories detail his accomplishments, and include comments from the man himself, based on exclusive interviews.

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Signing Rob Scuderi Was A Turning Point In LA Kings’ Journey To A Stanley Cup Championship

LA Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although it took a little longer than hoped, part of Dean Lombardi’s plan has finally worked, now that the Los Angeles Kings have won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.

Back in April 2006, when he was hired as President/General Manager of the Kings, Lombardi’s plan was, not just to build a team that could win the Stanley Cup, but to build one that would be a perennial Stanley Cup contender.

To be sure, part of his plan has come to fruition, and in dramatic fashion, especially if you look closely at how the Kings have evolved from the time he took over the general manager’s chair.

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