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LA Kings Training Camp: King, Nolan Looking Forward To Proving Themselves In First Full NHL Season; Hickey Dishes On His Future

TRAINING CAMP: Left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan shared their thoughts about the coming season, as well as what playing in the American Hockey League during the lockout did for their conditioning and preparation for the NHL season. Also, defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey talked about his future in the weeks before he was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders.


Los Angeles Kings left wing Jordan Nolan.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last season, forward Jeff Carter coming to the Los Angeles Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets made all the headlines as being the lynch pin, at least from the player personnel aspect, to the Kings’ dominating run through the playoffs, on their way to their first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

But even though they didn’t get as much of the media exposure, just as important was the contributions of three rookies, left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, along with defenseman Slava Voynov.

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LA Kings Training Camp Update: Goaltender Jonathan Bernier Won’t Sulk Despite Trade Request

TRAINING CAMP: The pace and the contact were on the rise during Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings training camp. After practice, Dustin Brown talked about what he believes is most important to focus on during the short training camp, Darryl Sutter raved about forward prospect Tyler Toffoli, Dean Lombardi commented on the loss of defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey via the waiver wire, and Jonathan Bernier provided some assurances regarding where his mental game is at going into another season as the backup netminder. Includes raw audio interviews.


Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings training camp saw the team focusing on game situations and drills with more contact than in previous days.

“It was our fourth practice today, and we built a little bit of game situations and contact into it,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “We really liked [how things went] today. We liked the pace, the compete [level].”

The goalies got more out of Tuesday’s practice as well.

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LA Kings Open Short Training Camp Ahead of Abbreviated Season

TRAINING CAMP OPENS: The Los Angeles Kings are officially back on the ice, and they are gearing up for the new, but very much abbreviated season in a training camp that will go by in a flash of one week. Includes comments from Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jake Muzzin, Tyler Toffoli, Darryl Sutter and more. Also includes raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty looks trim and fit
coming into training camp.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) now ratified by the National Hockey League owners and by the players, and with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties around 9:00 PM PST on January 12, the NHL is finally back…officially.

With that, NHL training camps opened on Sunday morning, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their camp with a fairly large crowd of fans, and a considerably larger-than-usual media throng, in attendance.

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LA Kings Defenseman Prospect David Kolomatis Is Moving Up The Depth Chart…Quietly

Defenseman prospect David Kolomatis
appears to be moving up the Los Angeles Kings’
depth chart, ahead of some more
highly touted prospects.
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LOS ANGELES — Many who follow the National Hockey League know all the current players on their favorite team’s roster, as well as the top draft picks throughout that team’s system.

But once you get past their first and second round draft selections, the rest of their young prospects generally fly way, way under the radar.

Along those lines, for those who follow the Los Angeles Kings, the name, “David Kolomatis” is likely to be a head scratcher.

Nevertheless, the Kings’ fifth round pick (126th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft has quietly moved up the organizational depth chart. In fact, it appears that he has even moved past highly touted, 2007 first round pick (fourth overall) Thomas Hickey.

“I’m just a hard-working guy,” the 23-year-old defenseman said during an exclusive interview with Frozen Royalty. “I try to go to the rink with the same attitude every day. I’m not one of the higher draft picks, and flying under the radar is a bit of a good thing. I just take each day and try to approach it the same way, battle to get into the lineup, and try to prove myself.”

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