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LA Kings Training Camp Update: Mitchell Tests Knee While Kopitar Still Looks Good In Practice

TRAINING CAMP: Los Angeles Kings star center Anze Kopitar looked good in practice for a second straight day. Will he be back in the lineup for the season opener? News on Kopitar’s status, Willie Mitchell getting back to skating, contract extensions for the Kings’ braintrust and more. Raw audio interviews also available.


Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings spent the final day of their abbreviated training camp trying to hammer out all the kinks in their game that they possibly could before Saturday’s season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks (noon PST; televised regionally on NBC).

“It was a short camp, so there’s going to be kinks all the way [throughout the season],” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “Every team’s going to have’em. You try and cover as much as you can without overloading them.”

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Maybe It’s Time To Trust LA Kings’ Tim Leiweke, AEG

LA Kings CEO and Governor Tim Leiweke, shown
here addressing the media at a press conference
on January 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Since Philip Anschutz became the majority owner of the Los Angeles Kings back in October 1995, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the entertainment conglomerate-portion of Anschutz’ empire that the Kings now fall under, has been viewed by a large swath of fans with disdain, deep-seated mistrust, and even blatant hatred.

In fact, so vehement was the distrust that it might have made people wonder if the face of AEG, Kings Chief Executive Officer and Governor Tim Leiweke, wears body armor.

Some of the distrust was rooted in the Kings’ long history of mediocrity, or worse, not to mention trade and amateur draft histories that, except for a handful of notable exceptions, were so riddled with huge blunders that they could be the punch line for many jokes.

But AEG also generated a great deal of distrust on their own. Indeed, they could not hide the fact that the Kings were used to get their foot in the door in Downtown Los Angeles, securing prime real estate on the cheap so they could build Staples Center, and later, LA Live.

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More Tears From The Hockey Gods Fall On Southern California With The Passing of LA Kings PA Announcer David Courtney

LA Kings public address announcer David Courtney (left), shown here
with Kings in-arena host Jay Flats and the Stanley Cup at the
Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 3, 2012,
died on November 29, 2012, at the age of 56.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Frozen Royalty

LOS ANGELES — No wonder it’s raining here in Southern California…

Once again, tears from the hockey gods are falling onto Southern California, as Los Angeles Kings public address announcer David Courtney died today of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 56.

Courtney’s Twitter feed provided a hint as to what happened (see below).

Courtney was the PA announcer for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Clippers, as well as the long-time PA announcer for the Kings, dating back to 1989, when the Kings still played at what was then known as the Great Western Forum, in Inglewood, California.

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2012 Sunset Sip With Jim Fox Benefits The Guidance Center

Logo courtesy
The Guidance Center

Los Angeles Kings television color commentator and Kings alumnus Jim Fox will host the second annual “Sunset Sip” wine tasting reception at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach (628 Alamitos Avenue) on Thursday, September 20, from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Proceeds from the reception will once again benefit The Guidance Center, which has been leading children and families to a brighter future for more than 60 years by providing quality mental health care to more than 2,000 children and families each year in the communities of Long Beach, Compton/Lynwood, San Pedro and Avalon on Catalina Island.

The Guidance Center provides comprehensive mental health treatment to the community’s most disadvantaged children and their families struggling with mental illness and abuse, leading them toward a positive and productive future. The Guidance Center also envisions a community where all children have the help they need to be healthy and happy.

Individual tickets are $100 each and couples (two tickets) cost $175. The evening will also feature a tasting contest and a silent auction. Read more of this post

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