Brown, Johnson, Quick Invited to US Olympic Camp, Other LA Kings News

LOS ANGELES — Here are some news tidbits from the Los Angeles Kings that have been sitting around, gathering dust, while I took a couple of days off from writing after a marathon of a week last week…

Brown, Johnson and Quick Invited To US Olympic Camp

On June 30, USA Hockey announced that 34 players representing 22 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from August 17-19, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois. Read more of this post


LA Kings Developing Two Goalie Prospects Locally

ONTARIO, CA — As young goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Erik Ersberg show promise in handling the goaltending chores for the Los Angeles Kings, and with Jonathan Bernier and Daniel Taylor developing their netminder skills with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings now have two more young goaltending prospects honing their skills right here in Southern California.

Jeff Zatkoff and Linden Rowat are backstopping the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ ECHL affiliate.

Zatkoff, 20, began the season with the Reign and has earned a 16-14-1 record with a 2.94 goals-against average (GAA), a .915 save percentage and one shutout in 34 appearances (1,981 minutes played).

Prior to joining the Reign, Zatkoff played three seasons with the Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

Last season, Zatkoff earned a 27-8-1 record with a 1.72 GAA, a .933 save percentage and three shutouts. He led the CCHA in goals-against average and save percentage and was ranked second in both categories in the NCAA. He also ranked second in the CCHA in wins and was tied for second nationally. Read more of this post

Kings Sweep Pre-Season Doubleheader

PRE-SEASON: Los Angeles Kings win twice on Monday night; post-game audio interviews from game 2 at Staples Center.

LOS ANGELES — After reading the headline above, you’re probably thinking that someone made a mistake.

Nope. Guess again.

On Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings actually won two games within hours of each other to open their 2008-09 pre-season action with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, followed by a 6-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center in a split-squad doubleheader of sorts. Read more of this post

Here’s To A Great King: Mattias Norstrom

FEATURE STORY: Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom talks about his time with the Dallas Stars and the difference between playing with Dallas and with the Kings; also features Kings goaltending prospect Daniel Taylor.

LOS ANGELES — In what has been a disastrous year for the Los Angeles Kings with, mercifully, just one game left in their season, here at Frozen Royalty, we thought a change of pace was in order. As such, here is a different kind of story related to the Kings, a story about a Kings fan favorite who will be returning to post-season play after a long drought with the Kings.

That player is none other than Dallas Stars veteran defenseman Mattias Norstrom, who toiled for ten years on the Kings’ blue line before he was traded to the Stars at the trade deadline last season. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Hit A Wall…Face First

LOS ANGELES — Loui Eriksson scored two goals, Stephane Robidas scored a goal and added two assists, and Jere Lehtinen scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to an easy 7-2 blowout victory over the hapless Los Angeles Kings in front of 17,849 fans during a matinee contest at Staples Center on Saturday. Read more of this post