LA Kings Looking For Big Push From Goalie Prospect Patrik Bartosak In 2015-16

2015 ROOKIE CAMP: Frozen Royalty’s coverage of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2015 Rookie Camp begins with a story on the development of goaltending prospect Patrik Bartosak.

LA Kings goaltender prospect Patrik Bartosak
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography]

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With his team leading the Utica Comets in the 2015 Calder Cup Final series, 2-0, Manchester Monarchs goaltender Patrik Bartosak, a Los Angeles Kings prospect, was sitting on the bench during Game 3 at Utica on June 10, 2015, watching intently, but pretty much minding his own business.

But just 7:51 into the game, starting goaltender J.F. Berube, also a Kings prospect, went down with what turned out be to a high ankle sprain, and suddenly, Bartosak, an American Hockey League rookie, found himself thrust into the spotlight, not to mention the pressure cooker—he had to backstop his team to a championship.

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LA Kings G Prospect J.F. Berube Is Pushing For Job With The Big Club In 2015-16

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Also included are raw audio interviews with J.F. Berube and Los Angeles Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford.

LA Kings goaltender prospect J.F. Berube (left) and Kim Dillabaugh (right)
who handled goaltender development for the Kings (now with the
Philadelphia Flyers), shown here during a practice session on
May 8, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — On June 26, hours before the first round of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft was scheduled to begin, the Los Angeles Kings had already made quite the splash, acquiring winger Milan Lucic from the Boston Bruins in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones, defenseman Colin Miller and a first round pick (13th overall) in the 2015 draft (defenseman Jakub Zboril).

After the deal was finalized, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi spoke with the media about the trade and he indicated that one of the reasons he was able to make the deal was that, “…we’ve got a backup goalie now.”

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Who Would Be The LA Kings’ Emergency Backup Goaltender?

LA Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Early in the 1998-99 season, the Los Angeles Kings lost goalies Stephane Fiset and Jamie Storr in the same game—both suffered groin strains a 5-5 tie against the Colorado Avalanche on October 18, 1998, at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.

At the time, the Kings were not carrying a third goalie on their roster. Storr, the backup, remained in the game, gutting it out, even though it was quite obvious that he could barely move.

The next day, the Kings recalled goaltender Manny Legace from the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the International Hockey League. Goaltender Alexey Volkov of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was also recalled.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Lewis, Williams and Ranford, March 4, 2015

LA Kings right wing Justin Williams, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings did not practice on March 4, after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 1:46 that morning following their 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place in Edmonton on March 3.

Forwards Trevor Lewis and Justin Williams, along with goaltender coach Bill Ranford, spoke to the media, and you can watch video of those interviews below.

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LA Kings Tip A King 2015 – In Photos

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson getting some rather special attention
from one member of a family at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live
Event Deck, on January 3, 2015.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/

LOS ANGELES — Although the Los Angeles Kings disappointed their fans in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators earlier in the afternoon on January 3, the mood was still rather festive at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live event deck hours later.

Tip A King is an annual event held by the Kings, benefitting the Kings Care Foundation, where fans can “tip” players, coaches and broadcasters for the opportunity to get an autograph or take a photo.

Here’s a photo essay capturing some of the sights from the event.

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