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Los Angeles Kings Press Corps Left With Huge Hole In Lineup After Loss Of Jonathan Moncrief

Jonathan Moncrief (second from right) with some of the regulars of the west wing of the Staples Center press box covering the Los Angeles Kings. From left: Andrew Knoll,
Charles E. Smith, Jr., Brian Kennedy, Moncrief, Dave Joseph.
Photo: Charles E. Smith, Jr.

LOS ANGELES — Back in late March, the west wing of the Bob Miller Press Box at Staples Center was unusually quiet during Los Angeles Kings games.

The reason: Jonathan Moncrief, who covered the Kings for Examiner.com and for Inside Sports was not in his usual seat, nor was he in the Chick Hearn Media Room downstairs. He was nowhere to be found.

It was not until days (and home games) later that we Read more of this post

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Recommended Reading For The “Lull:” Growing Up Hockey

LOS ANGELES — Every hockey fan knows that the weeks immediately following the July 1 unrestricted free agent signing frenzy is a painfully dull, slow time in terms of news about their favorite National Hockey League team, or even general news related to the sport.

Indeed, barring any extraordinary circumstances, things are horribly slow for hockey addicts for about seven weeks from early July until the first week of September when the NHL and their teams, along with the hockey media throughout North America, starts to gear up for training camps to open.

So yes hockey fans, we are smack dab in the middle of that dreaded lull and with the only significant NHL-related news being the new ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes—yes, I can hear you all yawning as I write this—it is time to look elsewhere for some good, interesting reading material for the hockey fan. Read more of this post

Poetry Reading About Former LA Kings Goalie Terry Sawchuk Scheduled For March 17

The following is a press release about an upcoming event.

PASADENA, CA — Terry Sawchuk, one of the National Hockey League’s greatest goaltenders who was one of the original Los Angeles Kings, is the subject of a public reading by Randall Maggs, author of Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, on March 17, 2009, starting at 7:00 PM PDT at Pasadena City College, in Pasadena, California.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Night Work is a hockey saga, wrapping the game’s story in the intense, moody, and contradictory person of Terry Sawchuk,” said Dr. Brian Kennedy, Associate Professor of English, who also covers the Kings and Anaheim Ducks for Inside Hockey. “One of the game’s greatest goalies and most enigmatic figures, Sawchuk remains a fascinating figure for fans who are familiar with his career and his mysterious death at 41.” Read more of this post


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