LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Team Up To Teach Active Duty Military, Veterans, To Play Sled Hockey

Also includes photos from the So Cal Warrior Sled Hockey Learn To Play Clinic on November 15.

The following is an expanded version of a story that will appear in the January 2016 edition of USA Hockey Magazine.


One of the younger participants at the So Cal Warrior Sled Hockey Learn To Play Clinic, sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, on November 15, 2015, at Ice-Plex in Escondido, California.
Photo: Dustan Brewer

ESCONDIDO, CA — Although dark clouds and rain created a dreary atmosphere outside, nothing could put a damper on the energy and spirit inside Ice-Plex in Escondido, California, where the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, with support from USA Hockey, held the So Cal Warrior Sled Hockey Learn To Play Clinic on November 15.

At the clinic, current players from the Kings and Ducks sled hockey teams, along with their coaches and other volunteers, helped active duty military, veterans and non-military learn to play sled hockey, teaching them the fundamentals of the game.

“Based on what we’re trying to do, in terms of growing the sport of hockey, and providing something for veterans and active duty military members who have given so much for our country, we decided it was best to bring in, not only the Ducks, but USA Hockey, and really get a team effort behind this event,” said Chris Crotty, Director of Hockey Development for the Kings.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Gaborik, Pearson, Shore After 4-3 Win Over Edmonton

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, shown here during a recent practice
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson scored a goal and tallied two assists, Marian Gaborik scored a goal and added an assist, and both Milan Lucic and Nick Shore scored a goal each, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center on Saturday night.

Despite the four-goal outburst and the multi-point games by Pearson and the slumping Gaborik, the Kings sagged for a portion of the first period, most of the second period, and in spots during the third period, breathing life into the Oilers, who tied the game at 15:10 of the third period on a goal by Taylor Hall.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Doughty, Kopitar Interviews And…Bobby Orr?

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (left), defenseman Drew Doughty (center) and center Anze Kopitar (right),
shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings routine game-day morning skate was considerably more than routine…for head coach Darryl Sutter, defenseman Drew Doughty and for the local media, all because of the presence of a seminal figure in the sport of hockey.

That man was seen on the bench during the morning skate, talking with Sutter. Later, as he made his way into the dressing room area, he stopped to chat with radio play-by-play announcer Daryl Evans. Once inside, Doughty was pulled out of an interview with the media to meet him.

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Not Over-Thinking Things, Family Aspect Are Helping Milan Lucic To Fit With LA Kings

LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic, shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Being the new kid in school is usually tough for any student. Indeed, after being uprooted from comfortable, familiar surroundings where you have established friendships, maybe even boyfriends or girlfriends, you are suddenly dropped into a new school in a new city or town where you are, almost literally, on a deserted island—you feel alone and isolated, having to fit in all over again.

Being the new kid in school is not all that unlike what a hockey player feels like, especially a veteran, when they move from one team to another, as Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic has done this season.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Brown, Pearson After 3-2 Loss To Arizona

LOS ANGELES — Martin Hanzal scored two goals and Brad Richardson scored the game-winner at 9:59 of the third period to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Dustin Brown scored his first goal of the season at 5:54 of the first period, and Tyler Toffoli scored his tenth of the season on the power play at 5:00 of the second period, but that wasn’t enough to offset the Kings’ spotty play and defensive breakdowns that gift-wrapped three goals for the Coyotes.

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