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One-On-One With LA Kings Mark Yanetti On 1st Round PIck Gabriel Vilardi

2017 NHL DRAFT COVERAGE: In addition to bringing you some comments from Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Michael Futa and their first round pick, center Gabriel Vilardi, Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti did a one-on-one interview with Frozen Royalty late Saturday. In this story, he added his voice to those talking about Vilardi and what the Kings tried to do to make sure they got him.


LOS ANGELES — With the 2017 National Hockey League Draft now complete, teams were able to take the wraps off much of what their plans were for this year’s draft and comment on things that they almost never discuss prior to each draft.

Indeed, amateur scouts and general managers for NHL teams are very hush-hush before each year’s draft, wary of giving the other thirty teams any idea of what young prospects they covet, and the Los Angeles Kings are no exception to that unwritten rule. But after rounds 2-7 on June 24, assistant general manager Michael Futa and Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti spoke with the media via conference calls.

Yanetti also spoke with Frozen Royalty in a separate, one-on-one interview.

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Rob Blake, Mark Yanetti Talk LA Kings 2017 NHL Draft Outlook

2017 NHL DRAFT COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty begins its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings and the 2017 National Hockey League draft with a draft preview story featuring comments by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake and exclusive comments from Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti.


LOS ANGELES — On the eve of the first round of the 2017 National Hockey League draft, the Los Angeles Kings organizational needs are quite obvious.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that we’re looking for offense,” said Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. “Especially with the 11th pick, you’re getting a quality player. I think that factors in. Also, our goaltender depth throughout the organization—we need to adjust to that, so I would imagine there will be someone, somewhere in the draft.”

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Going Deep With New LA Kings Broadcaster Alex Faust – Part 3

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In the third installment of a multi-part series about newly-hired Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Alex Faust, he talked about his broadcasting style, and the fact that he’s following in the footsteps of legendary Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller, not to mention the pressure that brings to his new job.


Newly-hired Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust (right), shown here during a college
basketball broadcast for Fox Sports.
Photo courtesy Fox Sports/Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — After getting so accustomed to and comfortable with the style that legendary play-by-play announcer Bob Miller brought to Los Angeles Kings broadcasts for 44 seasons, fans will have to get used to new play-by-play announcer Alex Faust, who was hired by the Kings on June 1 to succeed Miller, who retired after the end of the 2016-17 regular season.

Although no one can replace Miller, the Hall of Fame Voice of the Kings, like it or not, Faust will be the new guy behind the microphone. But what will likely be music to the ears of Kings fans is that Faust’s style shares one key point with that of Miller—he doesn’t use catchphrases or shtick.

“I don’t do catchphrases, I don’t do gimmicks, I don’t do shtick,” he said. “Those are just not things you’ll find with me. If you’re looking for a catchphrase, if you’re looking for something kitschy that I’ll bring to the table, you’re not going to get it, and I won’t be apologetic about that.”

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Going Deep With New LA Kings Broadcaster Alex Faust – Part 2

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In Part 1 of this multi-part series about Los Angeles Kings newly-hired television play-by-play broadcaster Alex Faust, he talked about his rather unique path to becoming a sports broadcaster. In Part 2, he talked about how he and the Kings found each other, not to mention some of his thoughts about the Kings television broadcasts going forward.


Newly-hired Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust (left) with Kings television color commentator Jim Fox (right)
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Once Los Angeles Kings legendary Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller announced on March 3, 2017 that he would retire at the end of the 2016-17 season, the question was:

Would the Kings hire a veteran play-by-play announcer, or would they go with a young, up-and-coming broadcaster who could grow into the role and hopefully, establish himself as a star in its own right in a long career with the team, as Miller did?

Educated bets were on the latter option, and the Kings made those bets winners on June 1, when they announced the hiring of Brooklyn, New York native Alex Faust, who has called games at both the college and professional level, and not just in hockey. But at 28 years of age, not only is he relatively inexperienced, but also has the distinction of being the youngest broadcaster in the National Hockey League. Moreover, although many predicted that the Kings would go with a young, up-and-coming broadcaster, it is unlikely that anyone thought they would choose someone that young and more importantly, someone who is pretty much an unknown.

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Going Deep With New LA Kings Broadcaster Alex Faust – Part 1

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: New Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Alex Faust has been spending a lot of time doing interviews since he was hired on June 1, and he spent over an hour speaking with Frozen Royalty for what will be a series of stories starting with a look at how he got his start in broadcasting and how his early work prepared him for what would come next.


Newly-hired Los Angeles Kings play-by-play
announcer Alex Faust
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — When the June 1 announcement came that the Los Angeles Kings had hired 28-year-old Brooklyn, New York native Alex Faust as their new television play-by-play announcer, taking over for the legendary Voice of the Kings, Bob Miller, who retired after the 2016-17 season, his 44th year behind the microphone for the Kings, a new era of Kings hockey began.

And yes, you read that right. Faust is just 28 years old, and is a rookie, in terms of working full-time in a National Hockey League broadcast booth.

Prior to being hired by the Kings, Faust called hockey games for NBCSN, NESN and Westwood One Radio, along with serving as a radio broadcaster for the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets.

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