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Jay Wells: A Stalwart On The Blue Line For The LA Kings

Jay Wells
Photo: Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As they reminisce about their team, hockey fans generally remember the skilled, offensively gifted players, the star netminders, or the heavyweight enforcers.

They also remember players who are memorable for the wrong reasons. But rarely do they remember the guys in the trenches, the unsung heroes who do a lot of the dirty work, making things possible for the skilled players, but go mostly unnoticed.

The same applies to the Los Angeles Kings, as their fans easily remember stars like Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne, Rogie Vachon and Rob Blake.

They also remember the players who were memorable for their sheer ineptitude, like Troy Crowder and Barry Potomski, among others. Read more of this post

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Butch Goring Was The LA Kings’ First Star, Fan Favorite

Butch Goring
Photo: LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Long before Anze Kopitar’s skates hit the ice at Staples Center, years before superstar Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Marcel Dionne lit up opponents on the ice at the Forum in Inglewood, California, and even before superstar and should-be Hall Of Fame goaltender Rogie Vachon often won games single-handedly at the Forum, center Robert Thomas “Butch” Goring thrilled fans with his speed, scoring ability and hard work for eleven seasons after being selected by the Kings in the fifth round (51st overall) of the 1969 National Hockey League Amateur Draft.

In the 1969-70 season, his first with the Kings, Goring scored thirteen goals and added 23 assists for 36 points in 59 games. But he wound up splitting time between the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Springfield Kings of the American Hockey League and the big club the following season, playing in just nineteen games at the NHL level.

It was not until the 1971-72 season that Kings fans became enamored with the speed and scoring ability of the St. Boniface, Manitoba native, but Goring quickly became the Kings’ first star and fan favorite. Read more of this post

Kings Round Out New Coaching Staff

COACHING STAFF: Mark Hardy named assistant coach; Jamie Kompon, Nelson Emerson and Bill Ranford round out coaching staff; Mike Johnston offered position with team; Dave Lewis will not return.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On August 4, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have hired former Kings player and Assistant Coach Mark Hardy for a second stint as Assistant Coach. They also announced that Jamie Kompon has been promoted to Assistant Coach and Nelson Emerson has also been promoted to Assistant Coach and Development Coordinator.

Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford has also been retained. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings 2007 Training Camp Days 2 and 3

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The second and third days of the Los Angeles Kings 2007 training camp were highly competitive affairs as players fighting for roster spots in the very short camp were battling it out, both in scrimmages and in drills, trying to make a good impressions on the coaches and scouts in attendance at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the second day of camp, the Kings got an idea of what their line combinations and defensive pairings might be on opening night. Read more of this post

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