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Los Angeles Kings Superstar, Legend Rogie Vachon Says Receiving Stanley Cup Ring Was “Phenomenal”

LA Kings superstars Rogie Vachon (second from left) and Marcel Dionne (second from right) help carry the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship banner onto the ice.
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via the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — While the attention of just about everyone in the building was focused on what was happening on the ice, another important event was happening just off of it.

On January 19, when the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship with their fans, receiving their Stanley Cup rings and raising their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship banner, the team honored two of their brightest former stars.

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For LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi, “Constructive Paranoia” Is Much More Than A Catchphrase

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — A little over six years ago, when Dean Lombardi took over as President/General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, the team was, for all intents and purposes, a mess, both on the ice and off.

Lombardi’s plan, to tear down the team completely and rebuild it through the draft, not to mention completely changing the culture of organization, generated significant support from fans.

But Lombardi also drew the ire of many detractors who claimed that a championship team could not be built without bringing in established stars, and as the team struggled and failed to make the playoffs in his first three season at the helm, the numbers of his detractors seemed to grow exponentially, and their voices grew louder and louder.

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LA Kings Can’t Flip The Switch After Stanley Cup Banner/Ring Ceremony

LA Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller,
the Voice of the Kings, visited the press box
at Staples Center, which is named in his honor,
and showed off some pretty fancy jewelry
that he had recently acquired.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — In the days prior to their season opener at Staples Center on Saturday, to a man, the Los Angeles Kings talked about “flipping a switch” after the on-ice ceremony in which they would receive their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship rings, and raise the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.

Somewhat predictably, that switch remained in the “off” position for the vast majority of the game that followed, and the visiting Chicago Blackhawks took full advantage, handing the Kings a 5-2 defeat in front of a standing room only crowd of 18,545 fans.

During the pre-game festivities, the Kings received their rings, carried the Stanley Cup around the ice, and raised the banner to the rafters in what had to be an emotional ceremony that was televised nationally.

Fortunately for the Kings, NBC switched to regional coverage after the ceremony, sparing much of the country from seeing the Kings’ poor effort.

“We’re ready to close that chapter [winning the Stanley Cup last season] and start a new one,” said winger and team captain Dustin Brown. “But we weren’t nearly as sharp as we wanted to be.”

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LA Kings’ Simon Gagne Is More Anxious Than Most To Get Season Underway

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.


LA Kings left wing Simon Gagne, who missed
48 games last season due to a concussion, is
healthy and very anxious to get the
abbreviated 2012-13 season started.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

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.”

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