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The Los Angeles Kings raised the Stanley Cup for the first time last summer. Thanks to the NHL lockout, they still haven't raised their first championship banner.
The Kings are eager for that celebration, but they're also ready to get back to work on defending their title. With their entire roster returning intact from last season's eighth-seeded championship team, they believe they're in prime position to do it.
Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie Jonathan Quick and teammates Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll joined coach Darryl Sutter, general manager Dean Lombardi and the rest of the Kings' brass Thursday to announce a million-dollar charity donation and a major team sponsorship agreement with McDonald's.
Sutter coached the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL's last shortened season in 1995, so he knows its particular challenges.
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The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history and will be receiving their championship rings on opening day. Even though their rings aren’t supposed to be unveiled until then, it looks like there has already been a leak. According to Puck Daddy, Francesca Leiweke, the daughter of AEG CEO Tim Leiweke (AEG owns the Kings), shared a photo on her Instagram...
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, in a joint effort with McDonalds will donate 1 Million to local charities as a special Thank You to the city of Los Angeles for its support this past year, the hockey club including its players announced this afternoon as part of a news conference at STAPLES Center.
As part of the pledge which was announced...
As part of the NHLPA's delegation of players in collective bargaining, Kevin Westgarth had a different lockout experience than most.
Los Angeles Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth, a 2007 graduate of Princeton, was the Los Angeles Kings' player representative amongst the NHLPA's delegation of players during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with NHL owners.
The shortened NHL season might force coaches to change their ways, but not the delightfully consistent Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, especially when it comes to his No. 1 goalie.
Sutter has done his lockout research and his inner baseball fan surfaced as he said there will be no "pitching rotation" during this 48-game season.
"If you look at the last team that...
Perhaps the Bruce Springsteen song My Hometown should have been playing in the background, the way Dean Lombardi was talking recently about his day with the Stanley Cup in Ludlow, Mass.
There will be more Stanley Cup memories when the Kings visit the White House later this season. AEGs Tim Leiweke said that a visit has been tentatively scheduled and that the Kings and the MLS champion...
The last time the Chicago Blackhawks visited Staples Center, Dustin Brown shook off trade rumors with a hat trick, Jeff Carter made his Kings debut, and Jonathan Quick posted a shutout in a 4-0 Los Angeles victory that represented the tectonic shift between the early season Kings and the Kings that would go on to win the Stanley Cup.
I think its just a matter of time before the...
The NHL's Board of Governors gave unanimous approval Wednesday to the collective bargaining agreement it had tentatively reached with the players' association.
The next step will be for players to ratify the deal. That electronic voting process is expected to begin on Friday and conclude on Saturday, with players also approving the deal.
That would allow the NHL to officially...
Earlier today, Adrian Dater at Sports Illustrated, released his version of the uber-ridiculous exercise in futility known as "power rankings." He conjured up quite a stir by ranking the Edmonton Oilers third, ahead of the Vancouver Canucks, 2012 Presidents Trophy winners, and the Los Angeles Kings, who won something or other last season too.
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According to Chris Kuc, the Blackhawks will open the 2013 NHL season on January 19th at 2 p.m. CT. They will be on the road against Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings.
The cool part about facing the Kings in their first game of the season is that they will raise their championship banner that afternoon in a ceremony to celebrate their Stanley Cup win over...