John Stevens Looking To Fit Right In With Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — While fans of the Los Angeles Kings are up in arms over their team’s inability to improve themselves to this point in the 2010 off-season, venting their frustrations in no uncertain terms on virtually every Kings-related forum on the World Wide Web, life does indeed go on.

With the departure of assistant coach Mark Hardy, who resigned on June 11 (see LA Kings Assistant Coach Mark Hardy Resigns), the Kings strengthened their reputation as “Flyers West” when they hired John Stevens as an assistant coach on June 24, 2010 (see Los Angeles Kings Name John Stevens As Assistant Coach).

Stevens, 44, earned a 120-109-34 record as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, a position he accepted on October 22, 2006, after the Flyers got off to a 1-6-1 start that season. Read more of this post

LA Kings Extend Contracts For Dean Lombardi, Terry Murray And More

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On June 24, the Los Angeles Kings announced that President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall, Vice President/Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon and Head Coach Terry Murray were signed to two-year contract extensions. Read more of this post

Jonathan Bernier Shows Skill, New Attitude In Brief Stint With LA Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — For much of the 2008-09 season, Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect Jonathan Bernier was not a happy camper.

First, he was upset that he was unable to crack the Kings lineup out of training camp, even though an injury contributed greatly to that.

Not long after that, when goaltender Jonathan Quick was called up from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, Bernier pouted.

“When we called up Quick, [Bernier] did not work hard in practice,” Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said in an earlier interview. “He thought this was going to be an easy ride to the NHL.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Sign Defenseman Jacob Muzzin; Activate Jarret Stoll From Injured Reserve

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 4, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jacob Muzzin to a three-year, entry level contract. They also activated center Jarret Stoll from injured reserve.

Muzzin, 20, is the captain of the Sault Ste. Marie (Soo) Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. In 37 games this season, the 6-2, 216-pound native of Woodstock, Ontario has scored ten goals and has added 36 assists for 46 points (leading the OHL in overall scoring by defensemen) with 58 penalty minutes.

Last season, Muzzin was named to the OHL Western Conference All Star Team.

In four seasons with the Greyhounds, Muzzin has scored 23 goals and has contributed 74 assists for 97 points in 203 regular season games. In 23 playoff games, he has a goal and seven assists for eight points. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 2009 Opens

LOS ANGELES — The dreaded lull is coming to an end.

For hockey fans, the period immediately following the July 1 unrestricted free agent signing spree through the opening of National Hockey League team training camps is usually so slow in terms of news that desperate hockey fans will eat up just about anything that’s published or broadcast, no matter how ridiculous, outlandish or just downright phony it might be.

Logo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

Thankfully, we are now about one week away from the opening of rookie camps across the league, with training camps opening a week later.

Here in the Los Angeles area, hockey fans are getting a head start on ending the dreaded lull.

For all of you Los Angeles Kings fans out there, unless you’ve been marooned on a deserted island, stuck in the middle of the Sahara Desert, on a long backpack trip through a wilderness area, or just taking a vacation from all things hockey, you have certainly seen and heard the total media blitz (television commercials, radio spots, Kings officials talking it up on radio interviews, newspaper and web stories) about the Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 2009. Read more of this post

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