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NHL Got Initial Response To Voynov Incident Right, But There’s Still A Long Way To Go

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s
booking photo.
Photo: Redondo Beach Police Department

LOS ANGELES — Back on October 8, when the Los Angeles Kings opened their 2014-15 National Hockey League season at Staples Center in Los Angeles, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman held an informal press conference, discussing the state of the league.

Towards the end of the press conference, Bettman was asked about the league’s policies on domestic violence incidents, in light of the National Football League’s abhorrent practices and policies involving incidents of domestic violence, most notably, the Ray Rice incident.

“That’s something we’ve been doing with the [National Hockey League] Players Association for more than a decade,” Bettman replied. “We, as a league, have more than enough authority and mechanisms to punish, if necessary, in the appropriate case, of which we haven’t seen too many. But more importantly, we focus on counseling and education, and in the joint programs we have with the players association, we’ve been counseling and educating on domestic violence for more than a decade, probably well [over] a decade. I don’t remember the exact date.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interview Gold From Tanner Pearson After LA Kings Blowout Edmonton, 6-1

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson scored two goals and added an assist, while line mates Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli contributed a goal and an assist each to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-1 blowout win over the hapless Edmonton Oilers on October 14 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Justin Williams and Dustin Brown rounded out the scoring for the Kings.

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NHL Makes Yet Another Bad Decision On Discipline With Hiring Of Chris Pronger

COMMENTARY: Former National Hockey League defenseman Chris Pronger might turn out to be a great hire by the league for their Department of Player Safety. Nevertheless, he should never have been considered for the job at all.


LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League has proven, once again, that the way they handle discipline of its players leaves a lot to desired, and that’s putting it mildly.

This time, it was not an on-ice incident, or a way-too-short suspension, which is the norm in the NHL. Nor was it an off-ice incident involving a crime, or a substance abuse incident. Nothing like any of that.

This time, the problem might run deeper.

On October 10, the NHL announced the hiring of former stalwart NHL defenseman Chris Pronger to work in their Department of Player Safety, alongside Senior Vice President, Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.

Pronger was a stellar defenseman in the league—a Stanley Cup Champion, Hart and Norris Trophy winner, five-time NHL All-Star, and a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, just to name some of the accomplishments on his resume. His record of achievement is indisputable.

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Frozen Royalty Video: That 70’s Line Leads LA Kings To 4-1 Win Over Winnipeg

Fans got their first glimpse of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2013-14 Stanley Cup Championship banner in its permanent place in the rafters at Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 12, 2014, when the Kings defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter, who make up “That 70’s Line” for the Los Angeles Kings, each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Kings to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in front of a sellout crowd of 18,230 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 12.

Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, while goaltender Martin Jones stopped thirty shots.

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