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More Than Just A Banana Peel Was Hurled At Philadelphia Flyers Forward Wayne Simmonds

Philadelphia Flyers right wing
Wayne Simmonds
Photo: National Hockey League

LOS ANGELES — With National Hockey League training camps having started this week, this is a time when North American hockey fans in particular should be celebrating the fact that the 2011-12 NHL season is just two weeks away.

We should also be celebrating the extraordinary career of one of the all-time greats, center Mike Modano, who will officially announce his retirement at a press conference later today.

NHL fans could also be celebrating new interpretations of rules governing hits from behind and contact with the head, along with pioneering efforts by NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan, to educate players, coaches, general managers, and fans alike through the use of video to explain his decisions in supplementary discipline cases, such as in the recent hitting from behind incident involving Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, and a separate incident involving Philadelphia Flyers forward Jody Shelley.

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Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Move Into Western Conference Lead After Win Over Dallas

LOS ANGELES — Despite not being at their best for their third straight game, the Los Angeles Kings found a way to win yet again, handing the Dallas Stars a 3-2 shootout defeat in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 happy fans at Staples Center on Saturday night.

Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar scored goals in regulation for the Kings, while James Neal and Mike Modano scored for the Stars.

Brad Richardson assisted on both Kings’ goals. Read more of this post

Jeremy Roenick: One Black Mark On An Otherwise Stellar Career

COMMENTARY: Forward Jeremy Roenick announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on August 6, 2009, ending a stellar NHL career that spanned twenty years and will earn him induction into the hallowed halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible. But there is one nagging little thing that, especially to the chagrin of Los Angeles hockey fans, no one is talking about…


LOS ANGELES — At a press conference on August 6, San Jose Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick announced his retirement from the National Hockey League, ending a glorious NHL career that saw him don the jerseys of the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and the Sharks.

In that twenty-year span, Roenick scored 513 goals and contributed 703 assists for 1,216 points with 1,463 penalty minutes in 1,363 regular-season games. The only American-born players who have scored more goals are Mike Modano and Keith Tkachuk.

In the playoffs, Roenick scored 53 goals and tallied 69 assists for 122 points with 115 penalty minutes in 154 games, although the Stanley Cup would elude him.

In international play, Roenick represented the United States at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games (won the silver medal in 2002). He also played in the 1992 Canada Cup, World Championships (1991, runner-up) and World Junior Championships (1988 and 1989).

Roenick, easily one of the greatest US-born players to ever play the game and who will undoubtedly be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, should be proud of what he accomplished in his twenty years in the NHL. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Do You Believe It?

LOS ANGELES — Whenever Los Angeles Kings Hall-of-Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller says, “do you believe it” during a Kings telecast you know something special has happened to the Kings, and when Miller uttered those words on Saturday night (November 10), once again, the unbelievable was unfolding before our eyes. Read more of this post

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