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Los Angeles Kings In The News: Catching Up

Frozen Royalty has been taking a much-needed break from hockey, except to sit back, relax and watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs on television. But during the respite, the Los Angeles Kings still made a bit of news, so let’s get caught up…

Dustin Brown: Finalist For NHL Foundation Award

On April 27, Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown was named as a finalist for the 12th Annual National Hockey League Foundation Player Award.

The award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community.

This is the second consecutive year Brown has been nominated.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green are the other two finalists.

For further details, including Brown’s rather extensive community work, see Dustin Brown Named Finalist For NHL Foundation Award. Read more of this post

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LA Kings Olympians Chomping At The Bit For Tournament To Begin

LOS ANGELES — With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games now in full swing, the hockey world is now focused on Vancouver and, more specifically, on the men’s Olympic hockey tournament beginning today.

Five Los Angeles Kings players are in Vancouver, including right wing Dustin Brown (United States), defenseman Drew Doughty (Canada), center Michal Handzus (Slovakia), defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick (USA), and they are chomping at the bit, raring to go.

“I couldn’t wait for it to happen,” Doughty said about the Olympic tournament. “It’s been in the back of my mind even though my main focus is the Kings. I can’t wait to get to Vancouver and get the games going.”

Speaking of being unable to wait, Johnson left the Kings with permission on February 12 to participate in the Opening Ceremonies. Read more of this post

Dean Lombardi: Jack Johnson Is Learning His Craft…Belatedly

LOMBARDI ON JOHNSON: In part 4 of a series, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi talked about young defenseman Jack Johnson and the challenges he faces in his development. Look for part 5 later in the week.


LOS ANGELES — This season, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson has wowed fans with end-to-end rushes, nifty shootout goals and better offensive play. But on defense, even though he has improved since his rookie season, he has blown coverages in the defensive zone and has gotten caught up ice on several occasions, giving up outnumbered attacks.

In other words, the 23-year-old native of Indianapolis, Indiana has been both breathtaking and aggravating to watch, all at the same time.

Now in his third full season in the National Hockey League, Johnson has shown the offensive skill and athletic ability that made him a first round pick (third overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. But his decisions in the defensive zone often leave people shaking their heads after he makes a bad read or blows a coverage.

During a recent interview, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi explained that Johnson is learning his craft…belatedly. Read more of this post

LA Kings Place Three On Team USA For 2010 Winter Olympics

BOSTON AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 1, USA Hockey announced their men’s hockey team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (February 16-28, 2010), and the Los Angeles Kings will have three players, right wing Dustin Brown, defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick, on the team.

Johnson, 22, has never participated in the Olympics before, but has represented the United States in international competition several times.

At the 2009 World Championships, the 6-0, 218-pound native of Indianapolis, Indiana scored five goals and contributed two assists for seven points in nine games. His five goals led all defensemen in the tournament and tied for fifth overall while his seven points tied him for fourth most among defensemen in the tournament. Read more of this post

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