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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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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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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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LA Kings Rookie Goalie Martin Jones Has Come A Long Way From The North Shore Winter Club

LA Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As he left the ice after earning his first National Hockey League shutout in a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on December 7 at Staples Center in what was just his second NHL game, goaltender Martin Jones entered the dressing room while his teammates chanted his name.

In two games, Jones has won both contests, the first coming at Anaheim, a 3-2, nine-round shootout win on December 3. In those games, Jones earned an 0.97 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage.

Those are magnificent numbers, to be sure. However, given the small sample size, they do not mean a whole lot. Even so, it represents a tremendous, near-fairy tale start to a young goaltender’s NHL career.

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LA Kings Goalie Coach Bill Ranford Provides Specifics On Ben Scrivens’ Recent Play

LA Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens,
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the Los Angeles Kings lost superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick to a grade two groin strain (a partial tear) at Buffalo on November 12, they have not missed a beat, earning an 8-1-4 record since that game.

The Kings have gotten outstanding goaltending from backup goalie Ben Scrivens, and now, from Martin Jones, who was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on November 13. But improved team play, especially in the defensive zone, has played as much of a role in their success since Quick went down as anything else, including the play of their netminders.

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