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Devin Setoguchi Brings Veteran Experience to ECHL’s Ontario Reign During NHL Lockout

Ontario Reign right wing Devin Setoguchi (number 8, white jersey) fires a wrist shot from right crease, during a game on December 1, 2012,
at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan

ONTARIO, CA — While the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association continue to waste everyone’s time with ridiculous, embarrassing posturing and bickering, players have gone overseas to play in European leagues and Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), while others have managed to sign on with minor league teams in North America.

For Minnesota Wild right wing Devin Setoguchi, a native of Taber, Alberta, joining the ECHL’s Ontario Reign was a move that came easy and naturally.

“[Forward] Brody and [defenseman] Brock Sheahan Read more of this post

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LA Kings LW Kyle Clifford Has A Dual Role With ECHL’s Ontario Reign

Left wing Kyle Clifford, who would normally be playing for the
NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, is skating with the ECHL’s
Ontario Reign during the NHL lockout.
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Photo: David Sheehan

ONTARIO, CA — Already leading the Alaska Aces, 1-0 early in the second period of a game on December 1, 2012, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, a familiar face to those who follow the Los Angeles Kings, scored a highlight-reel goal to give the ECHL’s Ontario Reign a 2-0 lead.

Left wing Kyle Clifford, who won the Stanley Cup last season with the Kings, scored that goal when he fought off Aces defenseman Alain Goulet. Clifford skated across the low slot, and as he spun, he managed to wrist the puck top shelf, beating Read more of this post

LA Kings Goaltender Prospect J.F. Berube Will Need To Pick Up Development Pace In 2012-13

Goaltending prospect Jean-Francois Berube, shown here during the
Los Angeles Kings 2012 Development Camp, July 6-10, 2012,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With Jonathan Quick being a finalist for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, and the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in last season’s playoffs, leading the Los Angeles Kings to the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise, the Kings have their first truly elite goaltender since Rogie Vachon starred for them from 1971-72 through 1977-78.

But even with Quick firmly established as the Kings’ top netminder, a National Hockey League team can never have enough goaltending. After all, no netminder can play all 82 regular season games, and then there are injuries to consider.

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LA Kings 2011 Training Camp: Goalie Prospect Jeff Zatkoff Approaches 2011-12 Season With Renewed Focus

LA Kings goaltender prospect Jeff Zatkoff.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Outside of the years superstar and should-be-Hall-of-Fame netminder Rogie Vachon dominated while toiling between the pipes, goaltending has traditionally been the weakest link for the Los Angeles Kings.

Even goaltender Mario Lessard only had one outstanding season with the Kings in 1980-81. He even played in the 1981 National Hockey League All-Star Game that year, along with the Kings’ “Triple Crown Line,” which featured Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor.

Kelly Hrudey backstopped the Kings during the Gretzky Era, and helped lead the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1992-93. But that team won by outscoring its opponents, not because of its defense and goaltending. Read more of this post

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