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Tomas Sandstrom: Arguably The Most Underrated Player In LA Kings History

Former LA Kings left wing Tomas Sandstrom
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings held their annual Tip-A-King fundraiser on January 7, and former Kings winger Tomas Sandstrom, who the team honored prior to their game against the Minnesota Wild hours earlier, had a booth to himself where he could greet fans. But he spent most of the evening with his wife, Helena, and that’s about it.

Kings broadcasters Bob Miller and Nick Nickson visited with him, as did the few Kings alumni who were present. But fans visiting his booth for autographs and photos were very, very few and even farther between.

“It’s been too long,” I said to him. “Almost 24 years since the 1993 Stanley Cup run.”

“Yeah, time flies,” he said.

“Not enough older Kings fans are here,” I replied. “The majority of the current ones apparently have no idea who you are.”  Read more of this post

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From The Lighter Side: Former LA Kings Forward Derek Armstrong Shares Stories

LOS ANGELES — With the National Hockey League in the midst of its holiday break, now is a good time to look at the lighter side of the game, away from the spotlight that constantly shines on the playoff races or the heated battles between teams.

In that spirit, former Los Angeles Kings forward Derek Armstrong, who has a ton of stories from his days as a player, spoke exclusively with Frozen Royalty about a few of his more interesting and humorous hockey memories.

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An Honor Long Overdue: LA Kings Great Rogie Vachon To Be Inducted Into Hockey Hall of Fame

STORY WITH AUDIO: After 32 years, Los Angeles Kings great Rogie Vachon was named as an Honored Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 27. Read his comments and listen to an exclusive interview with him below.


LA Kings goaltending legend Rogie Vachon
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LOS ANGELES — As the saying goes, justice delayed is justice denied, and on June 27, the Hockey Hall of Fame corrected an injustice in the hockey world when they announced that former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogatien “Rogie” Vachon will be inducted as an honored member, joining Eric Lindros and Sergei Makarov in the Players category, on November 14 in Toronto.

Pat Quinn was elected posthumously in the Builders category.

Vachon first became eligible in 1987, but had been passed over time and time again, despite the fact that his numbers, honors and accomplishments shined brighter than so many others who had already been enshrined. So when the call came early this morning, Vachon was floored.

“I was in total shock,” he said. “All of a sudden, out of the blue, I get a call from [Hockey Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board] Lanny McDonald in Toronto, and he said, ‘congratulations. You’re in.’ I said, ‘yeah? In what?’ He said, ‘the Hall of Fame.’ I didn’t realize that he was on the Selection Committee. So he was the one who called me.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Luc Robitaille Reacts To Statue Unveiling

Luc Robitaille (left) and &ldquoVoice of the Kings” Bob Miller (right) look at a statue of Robitaille that was unveiled
on March 7, 2015, in Star Plaza at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Photo: David Sheehan, CaliShooterOne Photography/FrozenRoyalty.net

 

LOS ANGELES — On March 7, prior to the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) honored former Kings left wing and current President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille by erecting a statue of Robitaille in Star Plaza at Staples Center.

During a ceremony in which the statue was unveiled, Dan Beckerman, Chief Executive Officer, AEG, former Los Angeles Lakers guard and general manager Jerry West, former Kings defenseman and current assistant general manager Rob Blake, and former Kings superstar Wayne Gretzky addressed the crowd.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Luc Robitaille Talks About His New Statue

LA Kings President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Staples Center on March 7, 2015, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the retail, real estate and entertainment conglomerate that owns Staples Center, L.A. Live, the Kings, and much more, will honor former Kings great and current President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille with the unveiling of a statue of Robitaille in Staples Center’s Star Plaza.

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