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LA Kings Get Thrashed In Atlanta, 7-0 on NHL Video

Frozen Royalty was on hiatus over the weekend, but it would seem that was just as well, as the Los Angeles Kings also appeared to be on hiatus when they skated into Atlanta on November 13 to face Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers and were blown out, 7-0. Read more of this post

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LA Kings 2009 Draft Goes As Planned

LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League completed its 2009 Entry Draft on Saturday in Montreal and just like on Friday, there were no major surprises from the Los Angeles Kings, who selected nine players in rounds 2-7 and were involved in four minor trades.

One of those trades sent center Brian Boyle (photo at left; courtesy Los Angeles Kings) to the New York Rangers in exchange for the Rangers’ third round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

In 28 games with the Kings this past season, the 24-year-old native of Hingham, Massachusetts scored four goals and added an assist with 42 penalty minutes. But he shuttled back and forth between Los Angeles and the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, where he scored ten goals and added eleven assists for 21 points with 73 penalty minutes in 42 games.

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Home Cooking Too Rich For Kings

ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Kings have been unable to get the job done at home in recent games and have blown a tremendous opportunity to move up in the standings and get themselves into playoff contention. Features audio interviews.


LOS ANGELES — Whether it is having all the comforts of home available, or being able to spend time with the family, or just being able to enjoy good home cooking, whatever the case might be, playing at home has brought out the worst in the Los Angeles Kings. Read more of this post

LA Kings Goalie Prospect Fukufuji Is Proud Of Season As He Looks Forward

The following is an expanded version of a story I wrote for the English section of the Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles Japanese Daily News), which was originally published on February 21, 2007. It is reprinted here with permission.


LOS ANGELES — No one in their right mind, not even Japanese goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji himself, thought he would be wearing a National Hockey League uniform this season, not after just two full seasons in North American minor leagues after coming over from Japan in the summer of 2004.

But that is exactly what the 6-1, 180-pound native of Kushiro, Japan did when he became the first player born in Japan to play in an NHL game on January 13, 2007, when he came on in relief of Los Angeles Kings goalie Barry Brust in a 6-5 loss at St. Louis.

“I was so nervous,” said Fukufuji, 24. “But when the coach came to me during the second intermission, he said, ‘Have fun. Don’t be nervous.’ That helped.”

“This was my first time playing in the NHL,” added Fukufuji, who was selected by the Kings in the eighth round (238th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. “I was so nervous but I was pretty excited, too. It was fun. And I did my job.” Read more of this post

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