LA Kings Training Camp Update – Day 2: Kopitar Tests His Knee, Stewart Arrives From Carolina

TRAINING CAMP: The big news from Day 2 of the Los Angeles Kings’ abbreviated training camp was that center Anze Kopitar skated after practice, and that forward Anthony Stewart has arrived in town, and skated with the team today. Includes raw audio interviews with Kopitar, Stewart, and head coach Darryl Sutter, along with a photo essay of the morning practice session.


LA Kings center Anze Kopitar skated on his injured right knee for the
first time since the injury after practice on January 14, 2013.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Perhaps the biggest story from the Los Angeles Kings training camp on January 14 was what happened after practice ended.

As the Kings dressing room was opened to the media after most of the players had left the ice, one player was just getting suited up, getting ready to go out onto the ice.

That player was none other than center Anze Kopitar, who suffered a knee injury in his last game with Mora in Sweden, before he returned to Los Angeles as the lockout ended.

Kopitar skated for about thirty minutes under the watchful gaze of Kings head athletic trainer Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Win 2012 Stanley Cup, Turning Dreams Into Reality, The Unthinkable Into Fact

The JW Marriott at LA Live, across the street from Staples Center, got into the spirit of things, displaying this message on their gigantic video display immediately after the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup on June 11.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — After the final horn sounded on Monday night, after a 6-1 score lit up the scoreboard at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the dreams became real, the unthinkable became fact…

…the Los Angeles Kings had won the 2012 Stanley Cup, the first championship in the team’s 45-year history, closing out the Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils in six games.

As Kool and the Gang’s Celebration, and Queen’s We Are The Champions played in a loop over the arena’s PA system, Kings players, coaches and management, along with their families and Kings staff, shook hands, embraced, kissed, laughed—all in rather jubilant fashion, during an on-ice celebration.

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Los Angeles Kings Aware Of Task At Hand To Start Second Half Of The Season

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter (right) talks with
goaltender Jonathan Quick (left) during a recent practice at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — The second half of the 2011-12 National Hockey League season begins this afternoon for the Los Angeles Kings, who are certainly not where they were expected to be in the standings at this point in the season.

Indeed, the Kings are supposed to be contenders for the Pacific Division title, and for the top spot in the Western Conference. But heading into action on January 7, the Kings are seventh in the conference, just one point away from falling out of playoff contention. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: Interviews From The Pete Demers Series

Los Angeles Kings retired head
athletic trainer Pete Demers.
Photo: Noah Graham/Getty Images
via the Los Angeles Kings

A twelve-story series on just about any topic requires a considerable amount of source material to draw from, and that is exactly what Los Angeles Kings retired head athletic trainer Pete Demers provided for the series of stories on his 41-year career in professional hockey, 37 in the Kings organization, that was completed on July 29, 2011.

Indeed, I sat down with Demers in three separate sessions—two in late December 2010, and one in early January 2011. In the end, we talked for more than four-and-a-half hours (4:37:52, to be exact), with Demers sharing story after story, along with unique insights about hockey, and about the work of the athletic trainer that so few know about.

It was fascinating, funny, and highly entertaining.

Former Kings players and coaches also shared their thoughts about Demers, along with some stories involving him. Some are quite amusing. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Retired Head Athletic Trainer Pete Demers Is A King For Life

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: With the Boston Bruins having won the 2011 Stanley Cup, the 2011 off-season begins in earnest, so it is time to resume Frozen Royalty’s series on the career of Los Angeles Kings retired head athletic trainer Pete Demers. In this installment, former Kings players and coaches, including Bob Pulford, Marcel Dionne, Jim Fox, Daryl Evans, Mark Hardy, and Bernie Nicholls, along with current Kings right wing Dustin Brown, share their thoughts and anecdotes about Demers. Part eight of a series.


Los Angeles Kings retired head athletic trainer Pete Demers, circa 2001.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Retired head athletic trainer Pete Demers spent 34 years in the Los Angeles Kings training room, and he quickly earned the deep respect of the players, coaches, general managers, owners, and team staff, many of whom continue to maintain friendships with him.

“[Demers] was a young guy who came into Los Angeles when I was there,” said Bob Pulford, who played on left wing for the Kings from 1970-71 to 1971-72, and was their head coach from 1972-73 through the 1975-76 season. “In those days, there was two of them [Demers and assistant athletic trainer John Holmes], and they did all the work. He was a hard working guy, and I demanded a lot from him. He learned to do the work, and he did it very well.” Read more of this post

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