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Leiweke Out, Beckerman In: How Is Change At The Top of AEG Impacting The LA Kings?

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi spoke exclusively with Frozen Royalty about how the change at top of the Anschutz Entertainment Group has impacted the team.
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and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — On March 14, 2013, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the international real estate, retail, and entertainment conglomerate that owns the Los Angeles Kings, dropped a bombshell when they announced that they were no longer up for sale.

But what many considered to be a bombshell with an even greater payload was a part of that same announcement: that Tim Leiweke, the President and Chief Executive Officer of AEG since 1996, would be, “…leaving the company by mutual agreement.”

That Leiweke left AEG amicably is highly unlikely, but that is for another story. In any event, prior to his departure, he had been the front man, the face, the pitch man—he was AEG, as far as so many were concerned, especially since Philip Anschutz has been extremely reclusive while at the top of his AEG empire.

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LA Kings Honor Their Past: Retired Trainer Pete Demers Gets Stanley Cup Ring

Retired LA Kings head athletic trainer Pete Demers received a 2012 Stanley Cup Ring from
the team last week.
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LOS ANGELES — With National Hockey League teams opening rookie camps this week, and with training camps opening next week, the 2013-14 NHL season is just about upon us, and our focus will, of course, quickly turn to the teams and their players.

But before Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, starting with Friday’s media day during their Rookie Camp (players are expected to be on the ice at 10:00 AM today at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California), there is one bit of news left from their 2011-12 Stanley Cup Championship to catch up on.

As many are aware, former Kings greats Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon each received a Stanley Cup ring from the team during the opening day festivities on January 19, 2013, at Staples Center.

As reported in this space last February, Dionne said that receiving the ring was, “…the closing chapter in my hockey life.”

Vachon said that, “…I had absolutely no idea, no clue, that it was coming. It was just incredible.”

Another Kings alumnus had to wait just a bit longer for his Stanley Cup ring, one who worked 2,632 consecutive games over 34 seasons with the Kings (37 years with the franchise), and was as deserving as anyone.

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Former AEG CEO and LA Kings Governor Tim Leiweke Interviewed by Los Angeles Magazine

LEIWEKE RESPONDS TO BACKLASH: In an interview that covered a broad range of topics, former CEO of the Anschutz Entertainment Group, and current CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Tim Leiweke took a shot at clearing the air regarding comments he made last June that riled many Kings fans.


Former LA Kings Governor Tim Leiweke, shown here addressing the media at a press conference on
January 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES — On August 27, Tim Leiweke, the Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment in Toronto, owners of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs—the very same Tim Leiweke who used to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) the giant entertainment and real estate conglomerate that owns the Los Angeles Kings, was back in Los Angeles for the wedding of his daughter, Francesca, and took the time to sit down with Los Angeles Magazine’s Giselle Fernandez, a former national reporter for CBS News and NBC News, discussing a rather broad range of topics.

In the series, “Big Shots With Giselle Fernandez,” Leiweke spoke for the first time about his departure from AEG, stressing that, as announced back in March, the decision for him to leave was “mutual.”

“We tried to sell the company,” Leiweke told Fernandez. “I knew the minute we got in that process if that didn’t end well then I’d want to move on, and that’s what happened.”

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Hockey In Southern California Would Be A Shell Of Its Current Self Without Dr. Jerry Buss

The 1985-86 Los Angeles Kings. Dr. Jerry Buss, who
owned the team, is seated at center.
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Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — As has been reported across the Los Angeles area, Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers, died on February 18, due to complications of cancer, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Buss was 80 years old.

“Dr. Buss was our partner, our mentor and our friend,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of the Anschutz Entertainment Group Tim Leiweke, who also serves as Governor of the Los Angeles Kings. “He was kind enough to allow us into his world, and much of the success we enjoyed at Staples Center and LA Live is directly attributed to him. I do not believe we will ever find anyone quite like him. Our prayers and thoughts are with Jeanie and the entire Buss family.”

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