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Drew Doughty Suspension Is Just The Latest Example of the Need To Reform Supplementary Discipline in the NHL

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — As reported by numerous media outlets, and by yours truly on Twitter, the National Hockey League has suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier at 9:58 of the third period of Game 1 of their first round playoff series on April 11, at T-Mobile Arena.

As one might expect, opinions on what transpired on the play vary wildly, from claims that Doughty made no contact with Carrier’s head whatsoever, to those saying that Doughty was headhunting, and everything in between.

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LA Kings Think Cal Petersen Will Be Their Next Hot Goaltender Prospect

Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect Cal Petersen, shown here during the Kings 2017 Rookie Camp
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on September 8, 2017.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

ONTARIO, CA — It wasn’t so long ago that the Los Angeles Kings had a bevy of riches in goal. Indeed, with Jonathan Quick becoming a superstar, he had Jonathan Bernier, once thought to be the Kings goaltender of the future, right behind him.

Bernier, who wanted to be a number one goaltender—and rightly so—was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs after the Kings won the Stanley Cup Championship in 2012. Backup goaltender Martin Jones was in the same situation after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, and was traded to the Boston Bruins, who immediately dealt him to the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings have also had the likes of Jean-Francois Berube and Peter Budaj In their netminder stable. Berube was the victim of the good’ol numbers game with the Kings, and was lost to the New York Islanders, who claimed him off of waivers, while Budaj was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

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LA Kings LW Prospect Austin Wagner Has Speed Comparable To Connor McDavid

Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Austin Wagner (foreground), shown here playing
for the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.
Photo courtesy Ontario Reign
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ONTARIO, CA — If you’ve watched Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, you know that he has a combination of size, skill and speed the likes of which haven’t been seen in a long, long time, perhaps never before.

To be sure, McDavid is absolutely breathtaking to watch and although he doesn’t have the size and skill to match McDavid, the Los Angeles Kings have a left wing prospect in their system, 20-year-old Austin Wagner, who has speed comparable to McDavid’s.

Wagner was selected by the Kings in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. The 6-2, 185-pound native of Calgary, Alberta played four seasons with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, with his best year coming in 2016-17, when he scored 30 goals and added 36 assists for 66 points in 64 regular season games, with a +52 plus/minus rating and 94 penalty minutes. In the playoffs that season, Wagner played in 22 games, scoring 16 goals, and contributing five assists for 21 points.

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Tip A King 2018 – In Photos

Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford with quite the entourage at Tip A King 2018.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Kings came-from-ahead to lose to the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3, on the afternoon of March 3, that did not damper the mood at Tip A King 2018, held across the street from Staples Center in Microsoft Square at L.A. Live.

The annual event, in which fans “tip” the players, coaches, broadcasters and alumni for photographs and/or autographs, raises thousands of dollars each year for the Kings Care Foundation.

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LA Kings D Prospect Jordan Subban: “Maybe We’ve Got To Slow Down His Flight Patterns”

Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Jordan Subban (left), shown here during a
recent game against the Texas Stars.
Photo: Jessica Harsen/Courtesy Ontario Reign
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ONTARIO, CA — when the Los Angeles Kings sent center Nic Dowd to the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for defenseman Jordan Subban on December 7, 2017, the question among pundits and fans alike was, “Is he anywhere near as good as P.K.?”

Indeed, the 22-year-old is the younger brother of superstar defenseman P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators, and of goaltender Malcolm Subban of the Vegas Golden Knights.

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