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LA Kings Goalie Prospect J.F. Berube Is Taking Full Advantage of Opportunity With Manchester Monarchs

Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Jean-Francois Berube, shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Generally speaking, professional hockey players don’t get to go on vacation until spring or summer, when their season ends, except during an Olympic year, when National Hockey League players who are not playing for their national teams get some time off during the Games. But the season continues for the rest of the professional leagues in North America during the Olympic break, and that is exactly what is happening during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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No Cookie Cutters For LA Kings Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford

LA Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — One can easily point to better scouting resulting in improved outcomes on draft day as a significant reason that, for the first time in the history of the franchise, goaltending is a strength throughout the Los Angeles Kings’ system.

That said, it is no coincidence that once Bill Ranford took over as goaltending coach on July 10, 2006, the Kings, who were once the laughingstock of the National Hockey League when it came to developing goalies, are now developing solid goaltenders who could keep the Kings loaded in goal for the foreseeable future.

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Losing Scrambly Play Has Helped Ben Scrivens Shine In Goal For LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick went down with what appeared to be a groin injury at Buffalo on November 12, and again, a couple of days later when it was learned he had suffered a grade two groin strain, and would be out at least four to six weeks, grave concerns arose regarding how the team would fare without him.

But backup netminder Ben Scrivens shocked just about everyone by beating each of the three teams in the New York metropolitan area, the New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils, and the New York Rangers.

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LA Kings Backup Goaltender Ben Scrivens: A Tale of Two Philosophies

ALSO: Video interview with Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown, and an audio interview with goaltender coach Bill Ranford.


Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Ben Scrivens, shown
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Training Camp, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens talked about his transition from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he hinted that although his work over the summer with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford was positive, the changes the Kings wanted him to make in how he plays did not necessarily mesh with how he was taught by former Maple Leafs goaltending Francois Allaire (now the goaltender coach for the Colorado Avalanche), and current Maple Leafs goaltending coach Rick St. Croix.

“Philosophically, we both want something that makes sense, and so far, it’s been a great dialogue,” Scrivens said about his work with Ranford and Kim Dillabaugh, who handles goaltender development for the Kings. “What he wants, he’s been able to express, explicitly, and in a way that makes sense, and resonates with me.”

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