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NHL Got Initial Response To Voynov Incident Right, But There’s Still A Long Way To Go

LA Kings defenseman Slava
Voynov’s booking photo.
Photo: Redondo Beach Police Department

LOS ANGELES — Back on October 8, when the Los Angeles Kings opened their 2014-15 National Hockey League season at Staples Center in Los Angeles, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman held an informal press conference, discussing the state of the league.

Towards the end of the press conference, Bettman was asked about the league’s policies on domestic violence incidents, in light of the National Football League’s abhorrent practices and policies involving incidents of domestic violence, most notably, the Ray Rice incident.

“That’s something we’ve been doing with the [National Hockey League] Players Association for more than a decade,” Bettman replied. “We, as a league, have more than enough authority and mechanisms to punish, if necessary, in the appropriate case, of which we haven’t seen too many. But more importantly, we focus on counseling and education, and in the joint programs we have with the players association, we’ve been counseling and educating on domestic violence for more than a decade, probably well [over] a decade. I don’t remember the exact date.”

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NHL Makes Yet Another Bad Decision On Discipline With Hiring Of Chris Pronger

COMMENTARY: Former National Hockey League defenseman Chris Pronger might turn out to be a great hire by the league for their Department of Player Safety. Nevertheless, he should never have been considered for the job at all.


LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League has proven, once again, that the way they handle discipline of its players leaves a lot to desired, and that’s putting it mildly.

This time, it was not an on-ice incident, or a way-too-short suspension, which is the norm in the NHL. Nor was it an off-ice incident involving a crime, or a substance abuse incident. Nothing like any of that.

This time, the problem might run deeper.

On October 10, the NHL announced the hiring of former stalwart NHL defenseman Chris Pronger to work in their Department of Player Safety, alongside Senior Vice President, Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.

Pronger was a stellar defenseman in the league—a Stanley Cup Champion, Hart and Norris Trophy winner, five-time NHL All-Star, and a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, just to name some of the accomplishments on his resume. His record of achievement is indisputable.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: San Jose Sharks Toss 4-Goal Wrench Into LA Kings Stanley Cup Banner Raising Party

LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup banner was raised to
the rafters at Staples Center in Los Angeles
on October 8, 2014.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Like they did after the raised their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship banner, the Los Angeles Kings came out flat after they raised their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship banner on October 8, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the San Jose Sharks made easy work of the Kings in a 4-0 win.

Whether or not the Kings were distracted by the festivities may never be known—they denied that after the game. In any case, they were flat and not close to being in synch, making it easy for the Sharks to pick them apart.

Frozen Royalty caught up with defenseman Alec Martinez, winger Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter after the game. You can also listen to a “state of the league” press conference with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, and see a quick video of the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup banner being raised.

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Jeff Schultz Puts In Solid Performance In Fill-In Role For LA Kings

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Listen to post-game audio of interviews with Dustin Brown, Alec Martinez, Jeff Schultz, head coaches Darryl Sutter and Bruce Boudreau. Also listen to the pre-game press conference with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman.


LA Kings defenseman Jeff Schultz

ANAHEIM, CA — With veteran, stay-at-home defensemen Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr unavailable due to injury, the Los Angeles Kings were forced to turn to a player who had not played in a National Hockey League game since March 31, 2013, when he was with the Washington Capitals.

Along the same lines, the Kings turned to a player who spent the entire season (aside from a couple of brief recalls to the Kings; he did not play) with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

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