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LA Kings Open Short Training Camp Ahead of Abbreviated Season

TRAINING CAMP OPENS: The Los Angeles Kings are officially back on the ice, and they are gearing up for the new, but very much abbreviated season in a training camp that will go by in a flash of one week. Includes comments from Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jake Muzzin, Tyler Toffoli, Darryl Sutter and more. Also includes raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty looks trim and fit
coming into training camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) now ratified by the National Hockey League owners and by the players, and with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties around 9:00 PM PST on January 12, the NHL is finally back…officially.

With that, NHL training camps opened on Sunday morning, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their camp with a fairly large crowd of fans, and a considerably larger-than-usual media throng, in attendance.

But with just one week before the abbreviated Read more of this post

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NHL, NHLPA Reach Agreement On Framework For New Collective Bargaining Agreement

LOCKOUT ENDING: Includes comments from Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford.


NHL logo courtesy National Hockey League.
NHLPA logo courtesy National Hockey
League Players Association.

LOS ANGELES AND ONTARIO, CA — Shortly after 2:00 Pacific time on Sunday morning (January 6), the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association reached an agreement on a framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after a marathon bargaining session that exceeded 16 hours.

“We have reached an agreement on a framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told media gathered in New York. “We’ve got to dot a lot of Read more of this post

2011-12 Year-In-Review: Can LA Kings Forwards Reach The Next Level After Stanley Cup Win?

Looking ahead to 2012-13, can Los Angeles Kings star center Anze Kopitar, shown here during the team’s
Stanley Cup Championship Rally on June 14, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, avoid the prolonged
slumps that have plagued him throughout his career?
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Although it certainly ended with a huge bang, the 2011-12 season was one of struggle for the Los Angeles Kings, given the fact that they qualified for the playoffs by the skins of their teeth.

Indeed, the Kings’ inability to score goals, a problem that plagued them until the trade deadline in February, almost cost them an invitation to the post-season party, and would likely have resulted in a shake-up in the Kings front office (see 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Year-In-Review: Front Office Turnaround Set Stanley Cup Run In Motion, and 2011-12 Year-In-Review: Doughty Holdout, Failure To Execute In Offensive Zone Almost Sunk LA Kings Early).

But, as detailed in the previous story in this multi-part series that looks back on the Kings’ 2011-12 season, they put it all together in the final six weeks of the season, earning an 11-4-3 record, good for 25 points, securing the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference, setting up their dominant run to the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

In part 4 of Frozen Royalty’s 2011-12 Year-In-Review, it is now time to evaluate the players, coaches, and management. In this installment…the forwards. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Not Easy For Black Aces To Stay Focused, Ready

Los Angeles Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier sprawls to make
a save during a recent practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Every team in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs has them, but they are usually unseen, or keep to themselves, staying out of the limelight, patiently waiting for their chance to crack the lineup, often a fleeting opportunity, at best.

These are the Black Aces, the extra skaters and goaltenders who rarely get the chance to play in the post-season, if at all, during a team’s run through the playoffs.

But wait a minute…where on Earth did the term, Black Aces come from, anyway?

As it turns out, the term was derived from the “Dead Man’s Hand” in poker, consisting of a pair of eights, the Ace of Spades, and the Ace of Clubs. Read more of this post

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