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LA Kings Retired Trainer Pete Demers Dealt With Much More Than Injuries To Players

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In part five of an exclusive series based on an extensive interview with Los Angeles Kings head athletic trainer emeritus Pete Demers, Frozen Royalty takes a look at the most visible aspect of his job, caring for injured players…and trainers are definitely not immune from injury or illness, either…


Los Angeles Kings head athletic trainer
emeritus Pete Demers, circa 1982.
Photo: Demers Family Collection

LOS ANGELES — For athletic trainers in the National Hockey League, their most important job is to treat injured players and help them recover from their injuries, and in a 34-year career with the Los Angeles Kings, retired head athletic trainer Pete Demers has probably treated more injuries and illnesses than any of his colleagues, past or present, and not just those suffered by players.

To be sure, caring for injured players is the one aspect of the athletic trainer’s duties that is the most visible, and for Demers, it was no different. Like other trainers, he was most noticeable whenever he jumped over the boards and scurried out onto the ice to care for an injured player.

Even before he made it to the NHL, Demers already had experience dealing with serious injuries. Read more of this post

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Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings Need To Get Drew Doughty, Power Play Out Of Doldrums

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Despite getting blown out of the HP Pavilion by the San Jose Sharks, 6-3, on November 15, the Los Angeles Kings are still on top of the Western Conference standings with an outstanding 12-4-0 record to start the 2010-11 National Hockey League season.

Indeed, the Kings have played well throughout those 16 games, with their very poor performance at San Jose a couple of nights ago being the exception. Flying that high so far, one would probably think that the Kings are firing on all cylinders. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Breeze To 5-1 Win Over Islanders

LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored two goals and added an assist, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown both scored their eighth goals of the season, and Drew Doughty added a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 rout of the lowly New York Islanders in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 13. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Talk Is Cheap…Time To Put Your Money Where Your Mouths Are

LOS ANGELES — Given that the Los Angeles Kings are just 5-6-2 since the Olympic break and have put in mostly poor efforts since that time, one can imagine what an advertisement in the Lost and Found section of the local newspapers might look like:

LOST: Intensity, effort, urgency, enthusiasm. If found, please contact the Los Angeles Kings immediately.

Although their malaise began before the Olympic break, the two-week hiatus killed any momentum the Kings had going into the stretch drive for the playoffs. Read more of this post

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