VANCOUVER, Canada — Rookie center Dave Gans of the Kings got off to a slow start in training camp last year and was quickly shipped off to the minors.
"I had injured my ankle before training camp and I lost my confidence," Gans said. "Mentally I wasn't ready."
But it looks like Gans is ready to make the Kings this year.
Gans scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Kings a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night in a National Hockey League exhibition game at the Pacific Coliseum.
It was the Kings' first win of the exhibition season after five straight losses.
"It was long overdue," King Coach Pat Quinn said.
Gans, 21, grew up in Brantford, Canada, which, as any good hockey fan can tell you, is the hometown of superstar center Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers.
"We live about three blocks away from Gretzky," Gans said. "I've played with him a couple of times in the summer when he's around."