Who Would Be The LA Kings Emergency Backup Goaltender?

LA Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Back in the 2006-07 season, the Los Angeles Kings lost goalies Stephane Fiset and Jamie Storr to injury for an extended period, forcing the team to recall Barry Brust and Yutaka Fukufuji from the minors.

Neither goalie was anywhere close to being ready to face National Hockey League-caliber shooters, and, as you might expect, they got lit up.

Fiset and Storr did not suffer their injuries in the same game. In both instances, the Kings had a backup goaltender on the bench who was able to finish the game when they suffered their injuries.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Lewis, Williams and Ranford, March 4, 2015

LA Kings right wing Justin Williams, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings did not practice on March 4, after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 1:46 that morning following their 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place in Edmonton on March 3.

Forwards Trevor Lewis and Justin Williams, along with goaltender coach Bill Ranford, spoke to the media, and you can watch video of those interviews below.

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LA Kings Tip A King 2015 – In Photos

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson getting some rather special attention
from one member of a family at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live
Event Deck, on January 3, 2015.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Although the Los Angeles Kings disappointed their fans in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators earlier in the afternoon on January 3, the mood was still rather festive at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live event deck hours later.

Tip A King is an annual event held by the Kings, benefitting the Kings Care Foundation, where fans can “tip” players, coaches and broadcasters for the opportunity to get an autograph or take a photo.

Here’s a photo essay capturing some of the sights from the event.

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LA Kings Goalie Prospect J.F. Berube Is Taking Full Advantage of Opportunity With Manchester Monarchs

Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Jean-Francois Berube, shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Generally speaking, professional hockey players don’t get to go on vacation until spring or summer, when their season ends, except during an Olympic year, when National Hockey League players who are not playing for their national teams get some time off during the Games. But the season continues for the rest of the professional leagues in North America during the Olympic break, and that is exactly what is happening during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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No Cookie Cutters For LA Kings Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford

LA Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One can easily point to better scouting resulting in improved outcomes on draft day as a significant reason that, for the first time in the history of the franchise, goaltending is a strength throughout the Los Angeles Kings’ system.

That said, it is no coincidence that once Bill Ranford took over as goaltending coach on July 10, 2006, the Kings, who were once the laughingstock of the National Hockey League when it came to developing goalies, are now developing solid goaltenders who could keep the Kings loaded in goal for the foreseeable future.

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