(Eds: Updates with details, quotes. Will stand. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Matt Frattin moved to Southern California this summer with a plan.
Three weeks before the Los Angeles Kings opened training camp, he found a place close to the ocean in Hermosa Beach, but he wasn't looking for surf or sand.
After an up-and-down hockey career filled with arrests and accolades, the 25-year-old Frattin realized the opportunity in front of him with his new club, and he didn't want to waste a day of it.
''I wanted to meet the guys as they came in (for camp), instead of meeting 25 guys at once,'' Frattin said.
The first few days of camp have gone well for Frattin, acquired by the Kings in a summer trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's skating with veterans Jeff Carter and Mike Richardson as the left wing of the Kings' second line, getting every opportunity to earn a high-profile job with the two-time Western Conference finalists.