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A Look Back At Dean Lombardi’s Plan To Build The LA Kings Into A Perennial Stanley Cup Contender

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: Part 2 of a series looking at Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and his role in the recent success of the team, even though he has said repeatedly, “…it ain’t me.” In this installment, we’ll look back at the plan he laid out for the Kings when he came on board in April 2006, something hardcore fans will likely remember, but just as many have probably forgotten, or never knew about in the first place.


LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi speaking to the media during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After the Los Angeles Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 13, 2014, their second Stanley Cup Championship in three seasons, I asked President/General Manager Dean Lombardi during the on-ice celebration at Staples Center in Los Angeles, “so what’s it like to have your plan come together so well?”

Lombardi looked at me for a brief moment and, as reported in the first installment in this series, he said, “Hey, I didn’t get my face plastered against the boards here at all. I feel like I have, but I didn’t. These guys are the ones who get it done. It ain’t me.”

Lombardi went on to credit his players, head coach Darryl Sutter and Kings majority owner Philip Anschutz as being the primary movers and shakers when it comes to who is primarily responsible for the Kings’ recent success.

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Dean Lombardi Says “It Ain’t Me.” But How Much Credit Does LA Kings GM Really Deserve For His Team’s Success?

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: Since the Los Angeles Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, their second Stanley Cup win in three seasons, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi has received a great deal of praise for his work to build the Kings into a championship team and a perennial Stanley Cup contender. But he claims that he is not responsible for that success. Rather, it’s the players, head coach, and ownership who should get all the credit.

In this multi-part series, Frozen Royalty will take a close look at Lombardi’s role in the Kings’ success, how much of his vision has become reality, and how true his statement, “…it ain’t me” really is.


Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings having won two Stanley Cup Championships in the last three seasons, it is easy to forget that it was not so long ago when the franchise was teetering on the edge of becoming totally irrelevant in Southern California.

On April 21, 2006, Kings Vice President, Communications and Broadcasting Mike Altieri opened a press conference at what was then the HealthSouth Training Center (now the Toyota Sports Center) in El Segundo, California by saying that the team was about to “…embark on a new era of Kings hockey in Los Angeles.”

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings 2014 Training Camp – Day 2 Interviews

Defenseman Alec Martinez spoke to the media on Day 2 the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp on September 20, 2014,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day 2 of the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp has come and gone with very similar story lines compared to Day 1 on September 19.

On both days, players touched on their goals for the season and about the chance they have to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.

But on Day 2, Alec Martinez and Justin Williams talked about the hunger the Kings have to win it again this season. Another player, one who struggled mightily last season, center Mike Richards, is probably even hungrier, given that he is seeking redemption after a poor 2013-14 season.

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LA Kings 2014 Training Camp: Quick Limited, But Skating; Greene Focused On Redemption

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with head coach Darryl Sutter during their 2014 training camp on September 19, 2014,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 19, the first day on the ice during their 2014 training camp, the Los Angeles Kings were missing one notable player and had several others operating at less than 100 percent.

Missing in action from the morning session was defenseman Drew Doughty, who suffered an upper body injury during the off-season.

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reported seeing Doughty skating just prior to training camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California (Kings practice facility), so it would appear that the injury is not serious.

Center Jarret Stoll and left wing Kyle Clifford skated during training camp drills after undergoing off-season hip and wrist surgeries, respectively.

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