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LA Kings Honor Their Past: Retired Trainer Pete Demers Gets Stanley Cup Ring

Retired LA Kings head athletic trainer Pete Demers received a 2012 Stanley Cup Ring from
the team last week.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — With National Hockey League teams opening rookie camps this week, and with training camps opening next week, the 2013-14 NHL season is just about upon us, and our focus will, of course, quickly turn to the teams and their players.

But before Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, starting with Friday’s media day during their Rookie Camp (players are expected to be on the ice at 10:00 AM today at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California), there is one bit of news left from their 2011-12 Stanley Cup Championship to catch up on.

As many are aware, former Kings greats Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon each received a Stanley Cup ring from the team during the opening day festivities on January 19, 2013, at Staples Center.

As reported in this space last February, Dionne said that receiving the ring was, “…the closing chapter in my hockey life.”

Vachon said that, “…I had absolutely no idea, no clue, that it was coming. It was just incredible.”

Another Kings alumnus had to wait just a bit longer for his Stanley Cup ring, one who worked 2,632 consecutive games over 34 seasons with the Kings (37 years with the franchise), and was as deserving as anyone.

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Former AEG CEO and LA Kings Governor Tim Leiweke Interviewed by Los Angeles Magazine

LEIWEKE RESPONDS TO BACKLASH: In an interview that covered a broad range of topics, former CEO of the Anschutz Entertainment Group, and current CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Tim Leiweke took a shot at clearing the air regarding comments he made last June that riled many Kings fans.


Former LA Kings Governor Tim Leiweke, shown here addressing the media at a press conference on
January 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — On August 27, Tim Leiweke, the Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment in Toronto, owners of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs—the very same Tim Leiweke who used to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) the giant entertainment and real estate conglomerate that owns the Los Angeles Kings, was back in Los Angeles for the wedding of his daughter, Francesca, and took the time to sit down with Los Angeles Magazine’s Giselle Fernandez, a former national reporter for CBS News and NBC News, discussing a rather broad range of topics.

In the series, “Big Shots With Giselle Fernandez,” Leiweke spoke for the first time about his departure from AEG, stressing that, as announced back in March, the decision for him to leave was “mutual.”

“We tried to sell the company,” Leiweke told Fernandez. “I knew the minute we got in that process if that didn’t end well then I’d want to move on, and that’s what happened.”

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President Obama Honors Los Angeles Kings, LA Galaxy For Championship Seasons At White House – VIDEO

VIDEO: If you missed the White House ceremony honoring the Los Angeles Kings and the LA Galaxy for their championship seasons, you can watch it here! Also includes video of White House interviews with Jonathan Quick and Willie Mitchell.


The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League and the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, both owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, were honored by President Obama at the White House on March 26, 2013. Kings captain Dustin Brown (left) is shown here presenting a jersey to the President.
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Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — The celebratory atmosphere surrounding the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings took longer to subside than it normally would have for a Stanley Cup Champion, thanks to the delayed start to the new season, courtesy of the latest National Hockey League lockout.

But that atmosphere was back on March 26, when the Kings and the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer were honored at the White House for their championship seasons by the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

After entering the East Room at the White House, accompanied by Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, and Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, President Obama opened the festivities by recognizing the LA Galaxy, who have won back-to-back MLS Cup Championships.

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Maybe It’s Time To Trust LA Kings’ Tim Leiweke, AEG

LA Kings CEO and Governor Tim Leiweke, shown
here addressing the media at a press conference
on January 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Since Philip Anschutz became the majority owner of the Los Angeles Kings back in October 1995, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the entertainment conglomerate-portion of Anschutz’ empire that the Kings now fall under, has been viewed by a large swath of fans with disdain, deep-seated mistrust, and even blatant hatred.

In fact, so vehement was the distrust that it might have made people wonder if the face of AEG, Kings Chief Executive Officer and Governor Tim Leiweke, wears body armor.

Some of the distrust was rooted in the Kings’ long history of mediocrity, or worse, not to mention trade and amateur draft histories that, except for a handful of notable exceptions, were so riddled with huge blunders that they could be the punch line for many jokes.

But AEG also generated a great deal of distrust on their own. Indeed, they could not hide the fact that the Kings were used to get their foot in the door in Downtown Los Angeles, securing prime real estate on the cheap so they could build Staples Center, and later, LA Live.

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