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NHL Stadium Series: Upcoming Game At Dodger Stadium Is Already Bringing Back Fond Memories For Players

NHL STADIUM SERIES MEDIA DAY COVERAGE: Part 2 of Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of the NHL Stadium Series Media Day at Dodger Stadiun focuses on how the upcoming outdoor game at Dodger Stadium is a throwback to hockey’s roots, but is a very unfamiliar concept here in Southern California.


From left: LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, right wing Jeff Carter, Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner, and right wing Emerson Etem, shown here at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 26, 2013.
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LOS ANGELES — With the National Hockey League’s Stadium Series coming to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on January 25, 2014, where the Los Angeles Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks in one of six outdoor games scheduled this season, something that stands out in all this is the fact that outdoor ice hockey is a completely foreign concept here in Southern California.

Indeed, the fact is that the only outdoor hockey we know here is played on roller skates, or in a pair of tennis shoes in a park, schoolyard, or a neighborhood street.

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LA Kings Training Camp Notes: Frattin Settling In; Muzzin, Brown Could Return This Weekend

Los Angeles Kings winger Matt Frattin
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Just one day before the first of their final two pre-season games this weekend in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Kings are still trying to get everything together for the fast-approaching 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season, which is just one week away.

To illustrate, despite the fact that he looked like he was in mid-season form, especially during the first period of a 2-1 pre-season win over the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center on September 24, goaltender Jonathan Quick indicated that there is still work ahead.

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LA Kings Comeback “Kids:” Willie Mitchell and Jeff Schultz

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As we move into the seventh day of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Training Camp, only four of the team’s defensemen are guaranteed to be in the opening night lineup in a few weeks.

Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, Robyn Regher, and Slava Voynov are locks to be patrolling the Kings blue line come opening night. That leaves three or four roster spots for players such as Keaton Ellerby, Alec Martinez, and Jake Muzzin to battle each other for.

Two players trying to make comebacks of sorts are also in the mix, including veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell, who is working his way back into shape after sitting out for more than a year due to two surgical procedures on his knee.

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LA Kings Defenseman Alec Martinez Is Not Concerned About Shaky Status

TRAINING CAMP COVERAGE: Story includes audio and video interviews from Day 2 of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Training Camp.


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Going into their 2013-14 training camp, it is no secret that the Los Angeles Kings are currently over the National Hockey League salary cap, and they have also exceeded the league-wide roster limit, primarily due to the fact that they have nine defensemen on their active roster.

Simple math should tell you that something’s got to give. But NHL teams have until the start of the regular season to get under the salary cap and down to the roster limit, and for the time being, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is quite calm, despite the predicament.

“[We will] let it play out,” said Lombardi. “We’ll see. We’ll take too many. I’d rather be in this situation.”

“To me, defensemen are like good pitchers,” Lombardi added. “You can’t have enough of’em, so I’d rather deal with this problem than the other one, so we’ll see how it plays out, and part of that is Willie [Mitchell]’s health (he passed his physical examination, and has been cleared to play, but will likely have to play some catch up in terms of his physical conditioning].”

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