In Thursday’s (April 9, 2009) issue of the Los Angeles Times, sports columnist and hockey writer extraordinaire Helene Elliott called out Los Angeles Kings’ reclusive owner Philip Anschutz in a big, big way.
In an open letter to Anschutz entitled, Owner Phil Anschutz Should Take Kings’ Fate Personally, Elliott notes the poor performance of the Kings under their current absentee owner and challenges him to finally make himself available for an interview to answer the questions that many who follow this franchise have about his intentions and plans for the Kings, both in the short term and over the long haul.
The open letter is easily one of the best stories written about the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the all-time best stories I’ve ever read about the Kings in the 36 years I’ve been following this team, extending way before I became a journalist covering the Kings and the National Hockey League.
This story is yet another example of why Elliott received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award “…In recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honor to journalism and to hockey,” earning her induction into the hallowed halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005, the first woman to receive the award.
It’s time to tap our hockey sticks on the ice in recognition of such fine work. Way to go Helene!Follow @frozenroyalty