LA Kings Trade Jonathan Bernier To Toronto: Good Deal For Both Teams

Now Former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier
has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — On June 23, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi finally gave his backup goaltender the chance he wanted to become a number one netminder in the National Hockey League when he sent Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in exchange for right wing Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens, and a 2014 or 2015 second round selection (Maple Leafs get to choose which year) in the NHL Draft.

Bernier was the Kings’ first round pick (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and was widely expected to be their future in goal. But Jonathan Quick exploded onto the scene in 2008-09, and quickly established himself as the Kings’ top netminder, launching himself into elite status when he led the Kings to the first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history in 2011-12.

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Kelly Hrudey Says Time With Los Angeles Kings Was His “Best Eight Years of Hockey”

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Includes exclusive video of an interview with former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Kelly Hrudey on March 8, 2013.


Kelly Hrudey
Photo courtesy CBC

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The blue bandana that so many remember him by is long gone, but fans of the Los Angeles Kings who go back to the time that Wayne Gretzky wore the team’s black, white and silver jersey with the “chevron” logo will remember goaltender Kelly Hrudey, who will be honored by the team during pre-game ceremonies tonight, when they host the Calgary Flames (7:00 PM PST, Staples Center).

Hrudey, now 52, expressed some embarrassment about tonight’s festivities.

“[It’s] kind of embarrassing,” he said. “Nobody thinks that when you see all the great players that have played in this organization that somehow they’re going to choose you, that you’re going to be honored. So I’m very, very excited, very humbled. It’s hard to put into words.”

“Kings President/Business Operations Luc [Robitaille, who was a teammate of Hrudey’s with the Kings] told me last year in the playoffs that they’re going to do something for me this year, and I thought, ‘that’s really cool,’” he added. “Then, when he called me in the summer and told me the date, if there was not going to be a lockout, then it really started to sink in that this is really cool.”

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Dark Cloud Looming Overhead Couldn’t Dampen Spirits At Charity Hockey Game Benefitting LA Jr. Kings

CHARITY GAME: Story also has comments from Los Angeles Kings players regarding the status of the National Hockey League lockout.


LA Kings center Jarret Stoll was one
of the main organizers of a charity hockey
ame benefitting the L.A. Jr. Kings, and the
Twin Peaks Center Foundation, played at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo,
California on November 9, 2012.
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Photo: William Karl Valentine

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The familiar sounds of skates flying across the ice, tape-to-tape passes, and pucks clanking off goal posts filled the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on the evening of November 9, when 24 current or retired National Hockey League players hit the ice for a charity hockey game benefitting the Los Angeles Jr. Kings Pee-Wee AAA 2000 team and the Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation.

The vast majority of the players involved have been working out in the Southern California area during the current NHL lockout. Some of them included Kyle Clifford, Matt Greene, Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll from the Los Angeles Kings, and Francois Beauchemin, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, and Sheldon Souray from the Anaheim Ducks.

Also appearing were Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Shane O’Brien of the Colorado Avalanche, Eric Nystrom of the Dallas Stars, Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders, and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Tickets Still Available For NHLPA Charity Hockey Game Benefitting LA Jr. Kings and Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Tickets are still available, but are going fast, for the National Hockey League Players Association Charity Hockey Game and Auction on Friday, November 9, 2012, benefitting the LA Jr. Kings (PW AAA 2000, and the Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation, played at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Game time is 7:00 PM.

Autographed merchandise will be auctioned, including pucks, sticks, and game-worn jerseys. You can also bid on a chance to coach one of the teams.

“The Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting breast cancer education, early detection and research,” the foundation stated in a press release. “Breast cancer affects more than just those diagnosed; it affects spouses, children, family members and friends.”

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Los Angeles Kings Add Six Prospects During 2012 NHL Entry Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE: Even though they had the last pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings added six prospects to the fold this weekend. Also: news on veteran player signings, and an upcoming change to the coaching staff.


Logo Courtesy National Hockey League

LOS ANGELES — Despite having the last pick in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings were busier than expected this past weekend.

After winning the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Kings earned the “privilege” of selecting last in first round of the draft. In spite of that disadvantage, they managed to add six prospects to their system, and they reached agreements in principle with two of their veteran forwards who would become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Center Jarret Stoll will sign a three-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $3.25 million per season, while center Colin Fraser will sign a two-year deal that will pay him $825,000 per season. Read more of this post

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