LA Kings Activate Justin Williams From Injured Reserve

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported on March 10, the Los Angeles Kings, as expected, activated right wing Justin Williams from injured reserve on March 11, and he will be in the lineup when the Kings skate at Dallas tonight.

Williams, 28, suffered a broken right leg (near the ankle) less than five minutes into the first period in a 3-2 loss at Phoenix on December 26, 2009 and has missed the last 28 games. Read more of this post

Dean Lombardi: Jack Johnson Is Learning His Craft…Belatedly

LOMBARDI ON JOHNSON: In part 4 of a series, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi talked about young defenseman Jack Johnson and the challenges he faces in his development. Look for part 5 later in the week.


LOS ANGELES — This season, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson has wowed fans with end-to-end rushes, nifty shootout goals and better offensive play. But on defense, even though he has improved since his rookie season, he has blown coverages in the defensive zone and has gotten caught up ice on several occasions, giving up outnumbered attacks.

In other words, the 23-year-old native of Indianapolis, Indiana has been both breathtaking and aggravating to watch, all at the same time.

Now in his third full season in the National Hockey League, Johnson has shown the offensive skill and athletic ability that made him a first round pick (third overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. But his decisions in the defensive zone often leave people shaking their heads after he makes a bad read or blows a coverage.

During a recent interview, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi explained that Johnson is learning his craft…belatedly. 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

LA Kings Win At Florida, Earn 3-2-0 Record On Road Trip – NHL Video

Despite suffering an embarrassing 7-0 blowout loss at Atlanta and being beaten rather soundly in a 4-1 defeat at Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings emerged from their recent five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 record after defeating the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in a shootout on November 16. Read more of this post

LA Kings Extend Hurricanes’ Winless Streak To 13 Games on NHL Video

The Los Angeles Kings ended their two-game losing streak on the strength of goals scored by Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll, Randy Jones, Wayne Simmonds and an empty-net goal by Justin Williams, leading the Kings past the slumping Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2, in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday night. Read more of this post

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