Los Angeles Kings Announce 2010 Development Camp Details

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On June 23, the Los Angeles Kings announced that their 2010 Development Camp for their prospects will take place at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, starting on June 28. On-ice sessions that are open to the public will begin on June 30 and run through July 2. Read more of this post


LA Kings Announce 2009 Development Camp Details

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 2, the Los Angeles Kings announced that their annual Development Camp is scheduled for July 10 – 12, 2009, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Read more of this post

Moving Up The Depth Chart: Alec Martinez

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As soon as he was named President/General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings a little over two years ago, Dean Lombardi made his philosophy for building a team very clear…that a team should be built from net on out.

Translation: the way to build a hockey team is to start with goaltending, then work on the defenseman corps and, finally, build up the forwards.

Lombardi inherited some good, young forwards, with Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Michael Cammalleri and Alexander Frolov already on the roster, along with some developing forward prospects in their system. But outside of that, the cupboard, in terms of goaltending and defenseman prospects, was pretty much bare.

Fast forward to the summer of 2008 and oh what a difference two years makes.

In the last three drafts, Lombardi has added goaltending prospects Jeff Zatkoff and Linden Rowat, not to mention another young goaltending prospect with a boatload of potential in Jonathan Bernier. Lombardi has also added several defensemen, including Thomas Hickey and Drew Doughty, first round selections in the 2007 and 2008 NHL Entry Drafts, respectively.

To be sure, Lombardi has been following his “formula” for rebuilding and one of the defensemen prospects he is high on is Alec Martinez, who was selected by the Kings in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Read more of this post

Wayne Simmonds Turns Heads Again, But Size Could Be A Problem

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Wiry but rugged right wing Wayne Simmonds turned a lot of heads at the Los Angeles Kings’ 2007-08 training camp after being selected in the second round (61st overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Almost one year later, he turned heads again at the team’s annual Development Camp last month.

Standing out at the camp comes as no surprise, given Simmonds’ performance in training camp last season as well as his improvement in junior hockey. Read more of this post

Thomas Hickey: All Fired Up

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite being hobbled by off-season ankle surgery, Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey is all fired up about his increased chances of making it to the National Hockey League next season, even though he is just nineteen years old. Read more of this post