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LA Kings Assistant GM Rob Blake Talks About First Year On The Job, Upcoming Jersey Retirement

Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake was named as
the team’s assistant general manager on July 17, 2013.
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LOS ANGELES — A little more than one year ago, the Los Angeles Kings brought former superstar defenseman Rob Blake back into the fold, naming him as their assistant general manager on July 17, 2013, replacing Ron Hextall, who returned to the Philadelphia Flyers as their assistant general manager (he was soon elevated to the general manager’s position on May 7, 2014).

Upon hiring Blake, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi indicated that, like anyone new to the job, Blake would be eased into his new position.

But almost 13 months have passed since Blake was brought on board. How have things gone so far in his new job?

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Transition From College Hockey To The AHL Hasn’t Been Easy For LA Kings D Prospect Derek Forbort

LA KINGS PROSPECT WATCH: Throughout the summer, Frozen Royalty will be taking a look at several of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects. In this installment, the focus is on 2010 first round selection, defenseman Derek Forbort. An audio interview with Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake is also included.

LA Kings defenseman prospect Derek Forbort
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — As it often is for young players making the jump from major junior hockey in Canada to the professional ranks, moving from college hockey to the pros can be very challenging, if not very, very difficult.

Defenseman Derek Forbort, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (15th overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, played in the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program before heading to the University of North Dakota (UND) for three seasons.

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City of Culver City Must Declare Culver City Ice Arena As A Significant City Cultural Resource

COMMENTARY: Some thoughts on the latest developments surrounding the former practice home of the Los Angeles Kings, the now defunct Culver City Ice Arena.

The landmark sign outside the Culver City Ice Arena.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

CULVER CITY, CA — Nearly six months after it closed its doors for the last time in its most recent incarnation on February 2, the Culver City Ice Arena is still in limbo.

Today, the only signs of life at the rink, if you can call it that, are automobiles parked in its lot, which was rented to a nearby auto dealer for storage of its inventory.

Indeed, the building is dark, the ice melted away months ago. Despite that, the rink is still “breathing,” as owner Michael Karagozian cannot do anything with the building, other than operate an ice rink, due to zoning restrictions on the property.

The latest development is that on July 28, the City Council of the City of Culver City will consider declaring the property a City Cultural Resource, which, depending on the classification, could prevent the property owner from demolishing, removing or altering the exterior appearance of the building, “…in whole or in part, without first obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness or a Certificate of Exemption.”

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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles – For The Last Time: Dodger Stadium Ice Will Be Just Fine

Handshake line following the “media” game on January 22, 2014, the first test of the ice at
Dodger Stadium, prior to the Stadium Series game on January 25.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — If you listen to a lot of hockey fans in Canada, back east, and in other cold climates, they not only wonder how an ice hockey game could possibly be played outdoors in sunny Southern California, but many claim that by game time, the rink will be a swimming pool, not an ice rink.

But thanks to the National Hockey League ice guru, Dan Craig, and his staff, the ice will be just fine by the time the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings face-off on Saturday for their Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium.

Nevertheless, skeptics and doubters abound. But all one has to do is look back in history to September 27, 1991, when the Kings hosted the New York Rangers in a game played on an outdoor parking lot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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