Los Angeles To The Hockey World: Here’s 250,000 Reasons Why This Is A Hockey Town

Confetti flies in the air as a truck carrying Los Angeles Kings players,
along with the Stanley Cup, passes by Staples Center and LA Live
during a parade honoring the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, on
June 14, 2012, in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — No matter what direction you looked, if you were on or around Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles on the morning of June 14, from the Financial District on the north, to Staples Center on the south, all one could see was a massive sea of people.

The Los Angeles Police Department estimated that approximately 250,000 people attended the victory parade honoring the Los Angeles Kings, who won the National Hockey League’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship on June 11, the first Stanley Cup in the 45-year history of the franchise.

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It’s Official: 2010 NHL Entry Draft To Be Held In Los Angeles

Logo courtesy LA Kings/NHL

LOS ANGELES — On December 4, the National Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings announced that the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will be held at Staples Center on June 25-26, 2010.

This will be the first time that the NHL Entry Draft is to be held in Los Angeles.

“This is a very exciting and this is a very special announcement,” said Kings President of Business Operations, Luc Robitaille. “The Draft is the place so many young players in our sport begin their professional careers and next summer the future of the NHL will be on display in Los Angeles. It is also another example that Los Angeles is a thriving hockey market with knowledgeable fans.” Read more of this post

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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Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 09 Looks Like A Hit

Logo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

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

Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 2009 Opens

LOS ANGELES — The dreaded lull is coming to an end.

For hockey fans, the period immediately following the July 1 unrestricted free agent signing spree through the opening of National Hockey League team training camps is usually so slow in terms of news that desperate hockey fans will eat up just about anything that’s published or broadcast, no matter how ridiculous, outlandish or just downright phony it might be.

Logo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

Thankfully, we are now about one week away from the opening of rookie camps across the league, with training camps opening a week later.

Here in the Los Angeles area, hockey fans are getting a head start on ending the dreaded lull.

For all of you Los Angeles Kings fans out there, unless you’ve been marooned on a deserted island, stuck in the middle of the Sahara Desert, on a long backpack trip through a wilderness area, or just taking a vacation from all things hockey, you have certainly seen and heard the total media blitz (television commercials, radio spots, Kings officials talking it up on radio interviews, newspaper and web stories) about the Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 2009. Read more of this post

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