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LA Kings’ Simon Gagne Is More Anxious Than Most To Get Season Underway

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: After missing a boatload of games during the 2011-12 regular season due to a concussion, Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne is feeling better than he has in years. He told Frozen Royalty why, and he talked about his motivation, excitement and added incentive to get the new season underway.


LA Kings left wing Simon Gagne, who missed
48 games last season due to a concussion, is
healthy and very anxious to get the
abbreviated 2012-13 season started.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Under the circumstances, veteran Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne might just be more anxious than most National Hockey League players to finally get the abbreviated 2012-13 season underway.

Gagne returned during the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, playing in four games before hoisting the Stanley Cup with his teammates on June 11, 2012.

Prior to that, Gagne missed 48 regular season games after suffering a concussion on December 26, 2011, when the Kings hosted the Phoenix Coyotes.

Gagne ended the regular season with a paltry seven goals and ten assists for 17 points, with a -1 plus/minus rating, and 18 penalty minutes in 34 games.

Shortly after the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, Gagne underwent neck surgery.

“When I cut my hair in Tampa Bay [where he played in the 2010-11 season], I noticed the bump on the back [of my neck],” said Gagne. “I hurt my neck that year.”

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LA Kings LW Kyle Clifford Has A Dual Role With ECHL’s Ontario Reign

Left wing Kyle Clifford, who would normally be playing for the
NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, is skating with the ECHL’s
Ontario Reign during the NHL lockout.
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Photo: David Sheehan

ONTARIO, CA — Already leading the Alaska Aces, 1-0 early in the second period of a game on December 1, 2012, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, a familiar face to those who follow the Los Angeles Kings, scored a highlight-reel goal to give the ECHL’s Ontario Reign a 2-0 lead.

Left wing Kyle Clifford, who won the Stanley Cup last season with the Kings, scored that goal when he fought off Aces defenseman Alain Goulet. Clifford skated across the low slot, and as he spun, he managed to wrist the puck top shelf, beating Read more of this post

Professionalism And Pain: Bob Miller, Jim Fox Forced To Be Healthy Scratches During Most Of LA Kings Playoff Run

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: As so many who follow the Los Angeles Kings are very much aware, their award-winning, highly-acclaimed television broadcasters, Bob Miller and Jim Fox, were forced out of the broadcast booth after Game 5 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals with NBC having exclusive rights to televise NHL playoff games from the second round on. In the tenth installment of a series featuring the Kings’ long-time broadcasters, Miller and Fox talk about what it was like to watch most of the Kings’ magical run to the Stanley Cup from a perspective that was completely different from what they’re used to.


LA Kings television broadcasters Jim Fox (left)
and Bob Miller (right), shown here at Miller’s
Stanley Cup party on June 26, 2012.
Photo courtesy Bob Miller

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — The complaints were loud and clear, and very, very frequent, especially once the Los Angeles Kings reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

Kings fans wanted to see and hear their long-time television broadcasters, Bob Miller and Jim Fox, who were unable to broadcast games after the first round of the playoffs.

Miller, the 39-season Voice of the Kings, who was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2000, making him a media honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Fox, who has partnered with Miller for 22 seasons, were forced out of the broadcast booth because NBC’s contract with the National Hockey League gives them exclusive broadcast rights beginning with the second round of the playoffs, a fact that many fans were not aware of, or did not understand.

Miller and Fox knew, but that did not make it any easier.

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Los Angeles Kings Broadcasters: Anze Kopitar Is Now An Elite Player

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: As this series featuring the long-time broadcasters of the Los Angeles Kings continues, like everyone else, they marveled at how forwards Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, and Anze Kopitar raised their level of play during the Kings’ 2012 run to the Stanley Cup. Part nine of a series.


LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during the on-ice celebration at
Staples Center, after the Kings won their first Stanley Cup
Championship on June 11, 2012.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings blew through the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 16-4 record, winning the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise, many pointed to the fact that they got contributions from everyone in the lineup as a key factor in their success.

That the Kings got those contributions from every player, all the way through their lineup, was significant, without a doubt. However, no team can win the Stanley Cup unless their best players are just that, in every game.

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