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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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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

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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Breakaway: From Behind The Iron Curtain To The NHL – The Untold Stories Of Hockey’s Great Escapes – A Must-Read For Any Hockey Fan

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and Sons Canada, Ltd.

LOS ANGELES — Even though there have been indications over the past few days that the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association are finally negotiating rather than just posturing, and that an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement could be just days away, it is rather obvious that it won’t take much for the current negotiations to collapse.

Meanwhile, time marches on without the NHL on the ice. Many are looking for substitutes for their desperately-needed hockey fix. Catching an American Hockey League, ECHL, or junior league game, if you are lucky enough to have a team nearby, is probably the best substitute. But another way to help fill the void is to pick up a good hockey book, and a great choice is Breakaway: From Behind The Iron Curtain To The NHL – The Untold Stories Of Hockey’s Great Escapes, by Tal Pinchevsky, published in 2012.

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Stanley Cup Win Moves LA Kings Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Bob Miller Closer To Retirement

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: With the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history last June, their Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller moved a step closer to retirement. In the final installment of a series featuring the Kings’ long-time broadcasters, Miller talked about his future, along with what he is working on during the NHL lockout.


LA Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, shown here with his wife, Judy, at their
Stanley Cup Party on June 26, 2012.
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Photo courtesy Bob Miller

LOS ANGELES — To coin a phrase using a local hockey term, the Los Angeles area was blessed for many years with a “Triple Crown Line” of play-by-play announcers calling the action for three of our local sports teams.

As Southern California sports fans know, Vin Scully is an institution with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the late Chick Hearn called the action for the Los Angeles Lakers, and was as much of an institution as Scully is for the Dodgers.

The third member of that Hall of Fame trio is Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, who has called the action for the Kings for 39 seasons. He was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2000, which recognizes “…members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting,” making him a media honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Miller has received countless awards and honors, in addition to the 2000 honor by Read more of this post

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