Jeff Zatkoff Has Come Full Circle With LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, shown here during
their 2016 Training Camp at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — For Los Angeles Kings faithful, if the name “Jeff Zatkoff” doesn’t ring a bell, beyond the fact that he played for the 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, it should.

Indeed, Zatkoff got his start in professional hockey with the Kings, who selected him in the third round (74th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft. But that was also the year that they selected goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the first round (11th overall), and one year prior, they selected Jonathan Quick in the third round (72nd overall).

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Gann Matsuda Appears On The Hockeywood Insider

On January 27, I was a guest on the Hockeywood Insider podcast, hosted by Jesse Cohen and Matt Murray.

We briefly touched on the controversy surrounding the story I wrote on Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi’s thoughts on young defenseman Jack Johnson, but they were more interested in my pretty long journey moving from fan, to writing about the Kings and hockey from a fan’s perspective, to becoming a journalist. We also touched on how new media covers the National Hockey League and the challenges it still faces in embracing what is clearly the future of hockey coverage as we move further into the 21st century.

Murray and Cohen also discuss all the Kings-related news and much more. Read more of this post