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LA Kings Blue Liner Slava Voynov Shines Offensively, But Is Still Learning To Play In His Own End

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has shined
offensively, but is still developing his defensive game.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since he scored two goals, including the game-winner, in just his sixth National Hockey League game, a 5-2 victory for the Los Angeles Kings at Dallas on October 27, 2011, rookie defenseman Slava Voynov has shown that he is no longer just an NHL prospect. Rather, he has proven to be ready for the rigors of the NHL right now.

Voynov has since made the journey between the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) and the Kings three times this season. But after the February 23 trade that sent defenseman Jack Johnson, along with a conditional first round draft pick, to the Columbus Blue Jackets, in exchange for forward Jeff Carter, Voynov figures to be in the NHL to stay, securing a spot on the Kings’ blue line. Read more of this post

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Still A Kid At Heart, Bernie Nicholls Reflects On His Time With The LA Kings

Bernie Nicholls
Photo: LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — As they have done with so much of their very best homegrown talent over their 42-year history, the Los Angeles Kings traded away prolific goal scorer Bernie Nicholls, but not before he left his mark on the ice at the Forum in Inglewood, California, the Kings’ home arena during his tenure with the team.

The 6-1, 185-pound native of Haliburton, Ontario was selected by the Kings in the fourth round (73rd overall) of the 1980 National Hockey League Entry Draft. After his final season (1980-81) with the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Hockey League when he scored 63 goals and added 89 assists for 152 points in 65 games, he found himself with the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate, the New Haven Nighthawks, to start the 1981-82 campaign.

In 55 games at New Haven, Nicholls lit up the AHL, scoring 41 goals and tallying thirty assists for 71 points, and was called up to the Kings to finish the season. Read more of this post

Jeremy Roenick: One Black Mark On An Otherwise Stellar Career

COMMENTARY: Forward Jeremy Roenick announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on August 6, 2009, ending a stellar NHL career that spanned twenty years and will earn him induction into the hallowed halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible. But there is one nagging little thing that, especially to the chagrin of Los Angeles hockey fans, no one is talking about…


LOS ANGELES — At a press conference on August 6, San Jose Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick announced his retirement from the National Hockey League, ending a glorious NHL career that saw him don the jerseys of the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and the Sharks.

In that twenty-year span, Roenick scored 513 goals and contributed 703 assists for 1,216 points with 1,463 penalty minutes in 1,363 regular-season games. The only American-born players who have scored more goals are Mike Modano and Keith Tkachuk.

In the playoffs, Roenick scored 53 goals and tallied 69 assists for 122 points with 115 penalty minutes in 154 games, although the Stanley Cup would elude him.

In international play, Roenick represented the United States at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games (won the silver medal in 2002). He also played in the 1992 Canada Cup, World Championships (1991, runner-up) and World Junior Championships (1988 and 1989).

Roenick, easily one of the greatest US-born players to ever play the game and who will undoubtedly be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, should be proud of what he accomplished in his twenty years in the NHL. Read more of this post

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