’s Taylor Blake Ward Joins Frozen Royalty

Taylor Blake Ward (right)

LOS ANGELES — On December 20, publisher Gann Matsuda announced that Taylor Blake Ward, who covers the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for and Valley Bay News, has joined Frozen Royalty, covering the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign, the primary minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings.

“I’m thrilled that Taylor has agreed to join Frozen Royalty,” said Matsuda. “As he’s shown in his Angels coverage, he’s a professional. He’s a journalist who will provide nothing less than the high quality, objective coverage of the Reign, and of the Kings prospects playing there, that has always been what Frozen Royalty has strived to bring to readers.”

Ward, 24, a native of Lake Arrowhead, California, grew up playing ice hockey as a winger at the Ice Castle of Lake Arrowhead, which served as training grounds for the Kings in the 1990’s, where he found an instantaneous bond with the Kings in the early 1990’s, after meeting Kings legend, Luc Robitaille.

Ward, who will primarily provide feature stories on the Reign, has followed the Kings since 1991, and was present for their first Stanley Cup victory in 2012. He plays hockey in pickup games in the Inland Empire and Sierra Mountain Range, and plays ball hockey in the summer.

In 2012, Ward served as the Media Relations Director for the High Desert Mavericks, who were the Seattle Mariners Class-A Advanced affiliate, at the time (now affiliated with the Texas Rangers), and began his writing career soon after in 2013 for Scout Media.

Ward has followed the Reign since their inaugural season in the ECHL in 2008.

“It’s been hard to contain my excitement about covering hockey once again,” said Ward. “I truly enjoy seeing the development of players, from the junior and college ranks, to the highest minor league levels, and I hope that enjoyment can be seen through my reporting. As much as I enjoy covering baseball, hockey runs in my blood line and is my true passion.”

You can follow Ward on Twitter at @taylorblakeward.

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Charity Hockey Game Benefitting Be The Match To Be Held On August 16, 2015

The following is a press release from Be The Match® and the Knights of the Forum group on Facebook.

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LOS ANGELES — A charity hockey game benefitting Be The Match®, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping blood cancer and other patients get the life-saving bone marrow or cord blood transplants they desperately need, will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

The intrasquad game between Knights of the Forum members is sponsored by the 2,300-member Knights of the Forum group on Facebook, which is dedicated to fans of the Los Angeles Kings hockey club.

The game will also feature a silent auction in which fans can bid on autographed hockey memorabilia from Kings alumni, including Stu Grimson, Ziggy Palffy and Dustin Penner, along with former National Hockey League star Lanny McDonald, an honored member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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2012 Stanley Cup Poetry: The Local Hockey Team Made Good

The Los Angeles Kings winning the 2012 Stanley Cup, the first championship in the 45-year history of the franchise, still has fans celebrating more than two weeks later. One fan, young Kai Jacinto, of Culver City, California, was so inspired, he wrote the following poem…

Kai Jacinto, (right), shown here with his proud mother,
Ave Jacinto, and younger brother, Keianu.
Photo courtesy Ave Jacinto

by Kai Jacinto

The Kings were the unlikely winners of the 2012 Stanley Cup
Seeded eighth going into the playoffs and kept moving on up.

They were underdogs in the first round against Vancouver
But they shut them down in five games with amazing maneuvers.

Sweeping the Blues brought the Kings much attention
Never in 45 years have they had so much possible championship mentions.

Then came the Coyotes, checking hard and howling at every face-off
But the silver and black skated with no fear and never backed off. Read more of this post

Kings Development Camp 2007

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Young prospects of the Los Angeles Kings gathered at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California this week for the Kings’ annual Development Camp where the potentially future Kings received on and off-ice instruction from the Kings coaching staff and worked on their conditioning.

No one can get a valid assessment about a prospect’s potential for making it to the National Hockey League and being a success once there from a summer development camp. But by all accounts, controversial 2007 first-round draft pick defenseman Thomas Hickey was one of the standouts.

Another standout was converted defenseman Brian Boyle, who looked good in the scrimmage on Wednesday night. But clearly, he has a hard time not standing out at 6-7, 250 pounds. Read more of this post