Giving A Face To Those Caught In The Middle of The NHL Lockout

LA Kings fans packed Ice Station Valencia in Santa Clarita,
California on the evening of October 27, 2012, as the Kings brought
their Game Night experience to a Valencia Flyers (WSHL) game.
Pictured (from left, foreground, facing camera): Jeremiah Brown,
Kelly Brown, Venicia Pereda, Anthony Stavretis.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: David Sheehan/

SANTA CLARITA, CA — The familiar sounds of the organ at Staples Center, played by none other than Dieter Ruehle, filled the arena, while host Jay Flats, members of the LA Kings Ice Crew, and mascot Bailey got the crowd excited for the hockey game to be played shortly thereafter.

Indeed, so many of the usual sights and sounds that Los Angeles Kings fans are accustomed to were seen and heard on the evening of October 27, 2012.

Despite that, Staples Center was dark that night, with no sign of any hockey being played there, or any other significant activity, for that matter.

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LA Kings Broadcasters On The Lockout: “Get It Done. Let’s Start Playing”

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In the fifth installment of a series focusing on the broadcasters of the Los Angeles Kings, they shared their thoughts on the current labor strife between the National Hockey League owners and the National Hockey League Players Association during interviews recorded prior to the September 15 lockout imposed by the owners.

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — National Hockey League players should already be hard at work at their respective training camps, but they are noticeably absent from team practice rinks. Instead, more and more of them are heading overseas to play in Europe or the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, while they wait for NHL owners and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Indeed, the players are biding their time, waiting for an end to the league-imposed lockout, the NHL’s fourth work stoppage since 1992.

Like the players, so many are waiting, including team management, coaches, trainers and equipment staff, team staff, and, of course, fans.

Among those waiting are television and radio broadcasters throughout the league, including the long-time broadcasters of the Los Angeles Kings.

What is mildly encouraging is that they do not expect a long lockout. Read more of this post

New On KingsCast: Still Waiting For Kovalchuk

The Ilya Kovalchuk Saga is still not over, as the National Hockey League has voided his 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils, and now the National Hockey League Players Association has filed a grievance against the league—they are now heading to arbitration. Read more of this post

NHL To Experiment With Rule Restricting Line Combination Changes

NEW YORK — Although the cry for a rule banning hits to the head was the focus of the recent National Hockey League general manager’s meetings, other rules were proposed that were designed to improve the game and, most notably, the fan experience.

Perhaps the most controversial rule proposed was to restrict the changing of line combinations during the season.

The proposed rule change would limit teams from changing established line combinations, barring injury, to no more than six different line combinations for each of their forward lines and defensive pairings.

Constant changing of line combinations by NHL head coaches has been a frequent complaint by fans across the league for many years. Read more of this post

Federal Courts Give Dan Cloutier Another Chance With The Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you thought the nightmare that was Dan Cloutier would never again emerge from the dark recesses of your mind, guess again.

Cloutier has returned to the Los Angeles Kings and will be on the roster for the team’s 2009-10 training camp, hoping to earn a roster spot.

On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Harold Reese ruled that the Kings and the National Hockey League must reinstate Cloutier as a roster player, extend his contract through the 2009-10 season and pay him the full value of his contract through the end of his contract. Read more of this post