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New On KingsCast: LA Kings Roundtable Discussion – Part 1

This past weekend, Keith Korneluk and Chris Kaliszewski had a bunch of total losers…hockey writers get-together to talk about the 2009-10 Los Angeles Kings and their future. Read more of this post

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Former LA Kings, Montreal Canadiens Great Rogie Vachon Speaks About Career, Exclusion From Hockey Hall Of Fame

Rogie Vachon
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LOS ANGELES — Many hockey fans in the Los Angeles area have at least heard of Rogie Vachon. They may know that he was the best goaltender ever to wear the jersey of the Los Angeles Kings. But few know of his accomplishments with the Kings and with the Montreal Canadiens prior to his arrival in Southern California.

Even fewer know that Vachon’s accomplishments rank him among the greatest goaltenders to have ever played the game, yet he continues to be denied the honor of being inducted into the hallowed halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF).

A close look at Vachon’s career statistics shows that he ranks ahead of a considerable number of goaltenders who were inducted into the HHOF years ago (for details, see Time To Right A Wrong: Hockey Hall of Fame Must Induct Rogie Vachon).

“If there was anyone who deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame who is not—if you look at his numbers, a Vezina Trophy, three Stanley Cups, and the fact is, he wasn’t just the second fiddle Read more of this post

Living The Hockey Dream Captures The Magic Of The Game

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MONTEREY PARK, CA — Whether you played the game at any level or are just a spectator, if you truck the kids to hockey practice very early in the morning or just lie on the living room couch and watch games on television, just about everyone touched by the game has a hockey dream or two.

In Living The Hockey Dream, author Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., a native of Montreal, an Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College and a freelance hockey writer who covers the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks for Inside Hockey, explores the hockey dreams—realized or not—of people involved with the game at all levels and all walks of life.

To be sure, this is not a book focusing on National Hockey League superstars and their glory days in the NHL—if that’s what you are looking for, prepare to be disappointed. Read more of this post

Recommended Reading For The “Lull:” Growing Up Hockey

LOS ANGELES — Every hockey fan knows that the weeks immediately following the July 1 unrestricted free agent signing frenzy is a painfully dull, slow time in terms of news about their favorite National Hockey League team, or even general news related to the sport.

Indeed, barring any extraordinary circumstances, things are horribly slow for hockey addicts for about seven weeks from early July until the first week of September when the NHL and their teams, along with the hockey media throughout North America, starts to gear up for training camps to open.

So yes hockey fans, we are smack dab in the middle of that dreaded lull and with the only significant NHL-related news being the new ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes—yes, I can hear you all yawning as I write this—it is time to look elsewhere for some good, interesting reading material for the hockey fan. Read more of this post

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