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2014-15 Los Angeles Kings: “Make The Playoffs First”

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during their
2014 training camp on September 19, 2014, at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you ask National Hockey League players, they will usually tell you that each season, their goal is to win the Stanley Cup.

But during the first day on the ice at the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp, that was not the case at all.

“Make the playoffs first,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “That’s the first significant step.”

To be sure, that formula has worked for the Kings in two out of the last three seasons.

In 2011-12, the Kings qualified for the playoffs by the skins of their teeth as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings 2014 Training Camp – Day 1 Interviews

The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for first time during their 2014 training camp on September 19, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for the first time during their 2014 training camp on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

Frozen Royalty was on-hand for both the morning and afternoon practice sessions and spoke with (in order of appearance) Jonathan Quick, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Darryl Sutter, Matt Greene and Tyler Toffoli.

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A Glimpse At The Critical Role Development Has Played In LA Kings’ Championships

Former NHL defenseman and general manager Mike O’Connell (standing) instructs LA Kings prospects during the team’s 2014 Development Camp on July 8, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

2014 DEVELOPMENT CAMP: Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2014 Development Camp with a story on what the team is trying to accomplish during their annual camp for their young prospects and the impact their development staff has had on the team’s success. ALSO: listen to an audio interview with former Kings left wing Mike Donnelly, now on the team’s development and scouting staffs.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — The hockey world is now in what should probably be known as The Dreaded Lull, that period between the height of unrestricted free agent signings on July 1, and the start of National Hockey League training camps in mid-September, a period when it seems like everything related to the game has been sucked into a black hole.

The result: hockey fans are bored out of their minds, clamoring for any little tidbit of something hockey-related to help them survive the two-and-a-half months before training camps open.

Something that helps fans cope is that NHL teams now have development camps for their young prospects in July and August, giving fans and hockey media alike something to chew on during The Dreaded Lull, and the Los Angeles Kings are no exception.

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LA Kings Justin Williams: “Just Win” and “Puck Luck Is For Cop-Outs”

LA Kings right wing Justin Williams
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings had a long night after their 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final in New York on June 11.

Indeed, the Kings headed to John F. Kennedy International Airport right after the game, boarding their charter for the nearly 5 1/2-hour, coast-to-coast flight back to Los Angeles.

“[The flight] was fine. Had a good Chilean Sea Bass,” said center Jarret Stoll, eliciting laughter from the media. “It was good. Food was great. Really good catering last night. Got a good three hours of sleep.”

The Kings eat quite well on their charter flights. But rest is often an entirely different matter, and as Stoll indicated, they did not get much sleep on the plane, and probably not much more that morning, given their 3:36 AM PDT arrival at Los Angeles International Airport. As such, it was surprising to see that some players chose to skate on Thursday afternoon, despite the lack of rest.

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