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From The Archives: Frozen Royalty Audio – Interviews with Dean Lombardi

Dean Lombardi
Photo: LA Kings

Due to popular demand, Frozen Royalty is re-publishing three audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.

The first interview was a press conference call on April 7, 2008 when Lombardi shared his thoughts about the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft when the Kings had the second overall pick. Read more of this post

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Doughty One Tiny Step Closer To The NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On August 11, the Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman prospect Drew Doughty to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 18-year-old defenseman was selected by the Kings in the first round (second overall) in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft on June 21, 2008.

The 6-0, 219-pound native of London, Ontario played for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League last season and was ranked first or second among draft eligible skaters by the various publications and scouting services.

For more information on Doughty: 2008 NHL Draft: Lombardi’s Plan Comes Together.


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Wayne Simmonds Turns Heads Again, But Size Could Be A Problem

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Wiry but rugged right wing Wayne Simmonds turned a lot of heads at the Los Angeles Kings’ 2007-08 training camp after being selected in the second round (61st overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Almost one year later, he turned heads again at the team’s annual Development Camp last month.

Standing out at the camp comes as no surprise, given Simmonds’ performance in training camp last season as well as his improvement in junior hockey. Read more of this post

Doughty Optimistic, But Not Naive

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If there is anything that Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Drew Doughty needs to work on, confidence and optimism are not on the list.

Indeed, the Kings’ first round pick (second overall) in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft this past June was a standout at the Kings’ 2008 Development Camp earlier this month where he joined many other young prospects, all dreaming of one day making it to the bright lights of the NHL. Read more of this post

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