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

Jay Wells
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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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Bob Miller: The Los Angeles Kings’ Greatest Ambassador

Long-time “Voice of the Kings,” Bob Miller, during his “One-Man Show” on August 30 at Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 09. Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

Long-time “Voice of the Kings,” Bob Miller, during his “One-Man Show” on August 30 at Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 09.
Photo: Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES — A highlight of the Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 09, held at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live, August 28-30, 2009, was Bob Miller’s One-Man Show, which featured the long-time “Voice of the Kings,” who kept the crowd engaged, entertained and laughing throughout with story after story from his 36 years with the team.

To be sure, Miller could go on and on with stories about the Kings. He is such a great storyteller that boredom is not an option.

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LA Kings HockeyFest 09: Fan Favorite Hrudey Celebrates His Time With The Kings

Former LA Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey shares his experiences with the crowd in the Nokia Theatre at LA Live during  HockeyFest 09. Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com

Former LA Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey shares his experiences with the crowd in the Nokia Theatre at LA Live during HockeyFest 09.
Photo: Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES — Last weekend, as part of their first annual HockeyFest 09, the Los Angeles Kings brought back some of their alumni to join in the celebration.

Indeed, fans got to meet and listen to Kings from days long past. They were delighted to see the famed Triple Crown Line of Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor reunited in a hockey setting here in Los Angeles for the first time in 25 years.

Bernie Nicholls. Gene Carr. Ray Ferraro. Stu Grimson. Bob Berry. Gary Edwards. Glen Murray. Those were just some of the alumni from all the different eras of Los Angeles Kings hockey who gathered at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live to celebrate all things hockey with Los Angeles hockey fans.

Another familiar name was Kelly Hrudey, who became the Kings number one goaltender after being acquired from the New York Islanders on February 22, 1989, in exchange for Mark Fitzpatrick, Wayne McBean and future considerations (Doug Crossman). Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 09 Looks Like A Hit

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles area hockey fans got a head start on the beginning of the 2009-10 hockey season this past weekend with the Los Angeles Kings wrapping up their inaugural HockeyFest on Sunday.

The event, which was held at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live, began on Friday evening and concluded late Sunday afternoon.

The weekend of events included several well-received panel discussions featuring current Kings players, front office staff and alumni, along with a large tent filled with hockey-related games for kids and adults alike and several exhibits, including all of the National Hockey League’s award trophies, except for the Stanley Cup.

HockeyFest 09 was highlighted by Saturday’s panel featuring the famed Triple Crown Line of Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor along with Sunday’s panel featuring long-time play-by-play announcer Bob Miller.

HockeyFest 09 drew a significant number of fans who were immersed in all things Kings and it appears that the event was a success. Read more of this post

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