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Transition To North American Game Hasn’t Been Easy For LA Kings Prospect Maxim Kitsyn

LA Kings left wing prospect Maxim Kitsyn, shown here during the team’s
2013-14 training camp in October 2013.
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ONTARIO, CA — While the National Hockey League is off the ice during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, other North American leagues are still on the ice, including the ECHL, where Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Maxim Kitsyn is working to hone his skills.

Almost four years ago, Kitsyn, a native of Novokuznetsk, Russia who was 18 years of age at the time, came to Los Angeles for the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, held at Staples Center. He was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (158th overall).

Back then, Kitsyn was already playing in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, and aside from a 32-game stint in the 2010-11 season with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League, he remained in the KHL. As a result, for many NHL followers, he was out of sight, out of mind. He became a mostly forgotten Kings prospect.

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LA Kings Captain Dustin Brown: “We’re Taking Steps In The Right Direction”

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, shown here during practice on
January 24, prior to the January 25 Stadium Series game at
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES — On February 3, the Los Angeles Kings suffered yet another defeat, this time, a 5-3 loss to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. It was their fourth consecutive loss, their ninth regulation loss in the last eleven games (2-8-1 record), and their 14th regulation loss in their last twenty games (4-14-2 record).

As dismal as all that is, Monday’s loss to the Blackhawks could turn out to be the start of the Kings turning things around.

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Dirty, Greasy Goals Would Be Just What The Doctor Ordered For LA Kings

AUDIO: Also includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli.


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, shown here during practice on January 24, prior to
the January 25 Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After an optional skate and off-ice workout on February 2, the Los Angeles Kings gathered at an undisclosed location that afternoon to watch the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLVIII, which turned out to be an easy win for the Seattle Seahawks, who blew out the Denver Broncos, 43-8.

But as much as most of the Kings were apparently rooting for the Broncos, there may have been a more important motive behind the gathering.

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LA Kings Tip A King 2014 – In Photos

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll autographs a jersey for a fan during the Tip A King 2014
event, at LA Live in Los Angeles on February 1, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Kings suffered yet another shutout loss, this time, a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on February 1, the team”s players and coaches walked across the street from Staples Center to the Event Deck at LA Live to meet and greet fans at the annual Tip A King event, a fundraiser benefitting the Kings Care Foundation.

Some feared that the players and coaches might have a bit of difficulty, not only in being in a good mood, but also with fans who might be rather surly after another bad loss. But the mood at Tip A King 2014 was upbeat and positive.

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