January 12, 2013 4 Comments
PRE-TRAINING CAMP: After missing a boatload of games during the 2011-12 regular season due to a concussion, Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne is feeling better than he has in years. He told Frozen Royalty why, and he talked about his motivation, excitement and added incentive to get the new season underway.
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Under the circumstances, veteran Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne might just be more anxious than most National Hockey League players to finally get the abbreviated 2012-13 season underway.
Gagne returned during the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, playing in four games before hoisting the Stanley Cup with his teammates on June 11, 2012.
Prior to that, Gagne missed 48 regular season games after suffering a concussion on December 26, 2011, when the Kings hosted the Phoenix Coyotes.
Gagne ended the regular season with a paltry seven goals and ten assists for 17 points, with a -1 plus/minus rating, and 18 penalty minutes in 34 games.
Shortly after the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, Gagne underwent neck surgery.
“When I cut my hair in Tampa Bay [where he played in the 2010-11 season], I noticed the bump on the back [of my neck],” said Gagne. “I hurt my neck that year.”