Win Four Tickets To Ontario Reign’s First Home Game of 2015 Western Conference Finals

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With the Los Angeles Kings having missed the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it has been tough for many Los Angeles hockey fans, especially after having gotten accustomed to great success, with the team having two Stanley Cup Championships in the previous three seasons.

Indeed, Kings fans now expect to see their team as, not only one of the 16 teams who make the playoffs, but as one of the teams that makes a deep run towards winning the Stanley Cup.

Even though that isn’t happening this season, both of the Kings’ minor league affiliates have made it all the way to their respective conference finals, just eight wins away from a championship. Here in Southern California, the Kings’ ECHL affiliate the Ontario Reign, opens the Western Conference Finals against the Allen Americans (affiliate of the San Jose Sharks) in Allen, Texas, with Games 1 and 2 on May 17 and 18.

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Solid Progress For LA Kings First-Year Pro Defenseman Prospect Alex Roach

LA Kings defenseman prospect Alex Roach, shown here with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings having failed to earn an invitation to the National Hockey League’s post-season party this year, it might be easy for many to forget that both of their minor league affiliates are in the midst of playoff runs of their own.

Their current American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, won their first round series against the Portland Pirates in five games (best of five-game series), and will open their second round series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this evening (4:00 PM Pacific time in Manchester).

The Kings’ current ECHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, qualified for second round action by eliminating the Colorado Eagles in seven games. After winning their first two games of their second round series against the Utah Grizzlies in Ontario, the Reign play Game 3 this evening (4:05 PM Pacific time) in Utah.

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Sutter Downplays LA Kings Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff Scoring First NHL Goal

VIDEO: Watch video of Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter’s media interview after practice on March 17, when he talked about goaltender Jonathan Quick’s workload, and whether or not Quick is an elite goaltender.


LA Kings forward Andy Andreoff shows off the puck used when he scored his first NHL goal on March 16, 2015, during a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When a player scores his first National Hockey League goal, excitement extends from the ice to the players bench, into the stands, and even up to the press box, where the media are all abuzz, knowing how special a milestone this is for any player, and that it usually makes for a good story.

This was exactly the case on March 16, when forward Andy Andreoff scored his first NHL goal, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

On the play, winger Jordan Nolan fought off a check in the left corner. Gaining separation from his man, he spun, and passed across the low slot to Andreoff, who was parked below the right circle for a tap-in goal.

“I saw Nolan win a battle in the corner there, and he’s a good playmaker, so I knew he’d either put it in, or give it to me, and he gave it to me for a back door tap-in,” said Andreoff. “Nolan made a great play to me for a tap-in. I was happy that our line played well tonight.”

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Sutter Issues Challenge To LA Kings Center Prospect Nick Shore

AUDIO: Includes an interview with Los Angeles Kings center prospect Nick Shore.


LA Kings center prospect Nick Shore, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 2, 2015, a day when 24 trades involving 43 players were made in the National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Kings decided to stand pat, having already acquired veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera on February 25, in exchange for a conditional first round draft pick and defenseman prospect Roland McKeown.

With no trade deadline deals to analyze, let’s take a look at center Nick Shore, who is working to lock down a permanent roster spot with the Kings during what has become a huge struggle to make the playoffs.

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LA Kings LW Prospect Maxim Kitsyn: “It’s Just Me. I Have To Be Better…It’s Not Anybody Else”

LA Kings left wing prospect Maxim Kitsyn, shown here
playing for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — When we last checked in with Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Maxim Kitsyn in December 2014, his head coach said that “he wills his way, every shift.”

A couple of months later, that hasn’t changed.

“You know [that] when he puts on the uniform, he’s going to give you 110 percent,” said Jason Christie, head coach of the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ current ECHL affiliate. “You see him out there—he works, he competes. That’s why he got a call up—because he battles. He’s determined. I think that’s the biggest thing—how determined he is, as a player.”

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