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LA Kings World Junior Championships Wrap-Up

On January 5, Los Angeles Kings prospects Thomas Hickey and Colten Teubert earned a Gold Medal in helping Canada hand Sweden a 5-1 loss in the finals of the 2009 IIHF World Junior (Under-20) Championships in Ottawa.

Hickey, Canada’s team captain, contributed three assists in the tournament in six games. The two defensemen helped lead Canada to their fifth straight Gold Medal at the tournament.

Kings prospect Oscar Moller served as captain of Team Sweden, scoring a goal and adding three assists in six games, earning the Silver Medal.

Defenseman prospect Viatcheslav Voinov represented Russia, scoring a goal and adding three assists in seven games, earning the Bronze Medal.

Moller will return to Los Angeles on Wednesday.


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Lombardi Talks About Goaltending, Top Defenseman Prospects

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – PART 2: After taking New Year’s Day off, Frozen Royalty is back with more from an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. In this installment, Lombardi focuses on his team’s future in goal and two of his top defenseman prospects. Check back on Tuesday, January 6 for Part 3 of this series and if you missed Part 1, check out Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense.


LOS ANGELES — Throughout the over forty-year history of the Los Angeles Kings, goaltending has arguably been their biggest Achilles Heel.

The only Kings goaltender who could be considered to be in the truly elite category was Rogie Vachon, who backstopped the Kings from 1971-72 to 1977-78, winning many games all by himself while playing on mostly horrid teams. Indeed, Vachon was so good that it is a heinous crime that he still has not been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sure, the Kings got stretches of solid goaltending from the likes of Mario Lessard, Kelly Hrudey and for a little more than one season, Felix Potvin. But outside of that, Kings goaltenders have been mediocre at best, and they often fell far short of that mark.

Much to the dismay of the Kings and their fans, in recent seasons, their goaltending woes have continued, but that might be changing sooner rather than later. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Cut Down To 22

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On October 6, the Los Angeles Kings cut their roster down to 22 players.

Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League were defenseman Alec Martinez, right wing Teddy Purcell, goaltender Jonathan Quick and right wing Kevin Westgarth.

The Kings also returned defenseman Thomas Hickey to his junior team, the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.


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Thomas Hickey: All Fired Up

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite being hobbled by off-season ankle surgery, Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey is all fired up about his increased chances of making it to the National Hockey League next season, even though he is just nineteen years old. Read more of this post

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