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2014-15 Los Angeles Kings: “Make The Playoffs First”

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during their
2014 training camp on September 19, 2014, at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you ask National Hockey League players, they will usually tell you that each season, their goal is to win the Stanley Cup.

But during the first day on the ice at the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp, that was not the case at all.

“Make the playoffs first,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “That’s the first significant step.”

To be sure, that formula has worked for the Kings in two out of the last three seasons.

In 2011-12, the Kings qualified for the playoffs by the skins of their teeth as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings 2014 Training Camp – Day 1 Interviews

The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for first time during their 2014 training camp on September 19, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for the first time during their 2014 training camp on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

Frozen Royalty was on-hand for both the morning and afternoon practice sessions and spoke with (in order of appearance) Jonathan Quick, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Darryl Sutter, Matt Greene and Tyler Toffoli.

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View From The Ice After LA Kings Win 2014 Stanley Cup Championship – Photos

LA Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell and members of his family pose for a photo with the Stanley Cup after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

 

LOS ANGELES — After the Los Angeles Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 13, and after the players had skated with hockey’s Holy Grail, Frozen Royalty was on the ice to speak with the players, President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, and others.

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LA Kings Justin Williams Emerged As Clear-Cut Choice For Conn Smythe Trophy

LA Kings right wing Justin Williams (right) receives the Conn Smythe Trophy from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (left)
after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup at
Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images and
the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Heading into the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and right wing Justin Williams appeared to have put some distance between themselves and a small handful of teammates who were also in the conversation for the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But once the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup in Game 5 on defenseman Alec Martinez’ goal at 14:43 of the second overtime period, the choice was clear: the trophy had to go to veteran right wing Justin Williams.

Indeed, Williams was the best choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy, even though the Kings got outstanding performances from several players. But his play in the Stanley Cup Final, when he scored two goals and added five assists for seven points, with a +2 plus/minus rating and one game-winning goal, clinched the Conn Smythe Trophy, as he led all players in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final in scoring.

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