LA Kings Among Five NHL Teams Bringing AHL Affiliates To California

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The phrase, “Go West, young man!” has been around for many decades, and although it will take them 80 years, the American Hockey League is doing just that.

Indeed, it’s been in the works for years, and there has been an ever-increasing amount of talk about it over the past few years, but it all became reality on January 29, when the AHL announced that the affiliates of five National Hockey League teams will move to California to form a new Pacific Division of the AHL. The teams in this new division will begin play next season, marking the first time the AHL will have teams in California in what will be their 80-year history.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Doughty, Kopitar, Sutter Interviews After LA Kings Beat San Jose, 3-1

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin scored goals while Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 27.

Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks at 2:37 of the first period after the Kings turned the puck over in their own zone, but that would be the only San Jose goal.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Game-Day Skate Interviews WIth Brown, Doughty, Sutter, 12/27/14

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a four-day holiday break, the Los Angeles Kings were back on the ice today (December 27), preparing for their game against their Pacific Division rivals, the San Jose Sharks, tonight (7:00 PM PST; televised regionally on NBCSN).

Defenseman Drew Doughty, forward Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter spoke with the media after their morning skate, and you can watch video of those interviews below.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: San Jose Sharks Toss 4-Goal Wrench Into LA Kings Stanley Cup Banner Raising Party

LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup banner was raised to
the rafters at Staples Center in Los Angeles
on October 8, 2014.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Like they did after the raised their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship banner, the Los Angeles Kings came out flat after they raised their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship banner on October 8, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the San Jose Sharks made easy work of the Kings in a 4-0 win.

Whether or not the Kings were distracted by the festivities may never be known—they denied that after the game. In any case, they were flat and not close to being in synch, making it easy for the Sharks to pick them apart.

Frozen Royalty caught up with defenseman Alec Martinez, winger Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter after the game. You can also listen to a “state of the league” press conference with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, and see a quick video of the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup banner being raised.

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LA Kings Rookie LW Tanner Pearson Is Flying As High As His Confidence Has Soared

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Listen to audio from May 7 interviews with Tanner Pearson, Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson, shown here during practice on May 7, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in EL Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — In case you haven’t noticed, Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson has been flying during the playoffs…almost literally. He has been more effective during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs than at any point during the regular season, making plays and using his speed, which, all of a sudden, appears to be his most dangerous weapon.

Conventional wisdom suggests that a young player like the 21-year-old Pearson should find it more difficult to be effective in the National Hockey League playoffs than it was during the regular season. Nevertheless, the converse has been true for Pearson, who has scored a goal and has contributed three assists for four points, with a +5 plus/minus rating and four penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

Compared to this time last year when Pearson played just 5:44 in Game 3 against the San Jose Sharks, the 6-1, 200-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario has come a long way in just one season.

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