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After every Roller Hockey International game, hundreds of kids are allowed to lug hockey sticks, roller pucks and caps into the locker room in search of their favorite players' autographs. No one can say RHI, Ltd., doesn't know its fan base. Those little-known signatures may not be worth a lot at a sports memorabilia show, but they mean something to the youngsters who seek them. And their value is even more apparent to RHI, which stages its third annual all-star game at the Pond at 7 tonight.
April 18, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Someday, Ryan Getzlaf will explain to his daughter Willa why he looked like Frankenstein's monster in photos taken the day she was born, his chin and cheek zippered with stitches and a purple bruise blossoming on the left side of his face. Getzlaf, who scored the Ducks' first goal in their 3-2 playoff victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night at Honda Center, probably will say the whole thing was no big deal. Daddy took a puck in the face and it hurt for a while but he was there when she was born.
April 17, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Why is hockey such a violent and dangerous sport? Medical researchers from Canada have an answer: Blame the media. “Media reports of an issue such as TBI in sport can contribute to an altered culture,” they write in a study published online Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. TBI stands for traumatic brain injury , and it's become a major public health concern in recent years. It happens when sudden trauma causes the head to hit an object and damages the brain. A concussion is an example of TBI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains.
April 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
If only New York had a large, disciplined group of government employees whose job it was to prevent giant fights. Law and order was briefly suspended on the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday when hockey players from the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York got into a bench-clearing brawl with one another during a charity game. The combat was well documented on social media by the crowd of fans in attendance, which both howled with boos and roared with delight, adding chants like "Dun-kin' Do-nuts!"
October 12, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Once, Kings defensemen Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller were just like the young hockey players they skated with Thursday night in El Segundo. Well, maybe not Greene. “These guys are good. A lot better than we were,” Greene said while the Junior Kings peewee double-A2 team went through drills. “I don't know about Millsie. He was pretty good when he was younger.” Miller, who is married to actress Noureen DeWulf and spends his summers in California, and the two Kings made good use of their time during the lockout by going on the ice for about an hour to offer advice and hockey tips to kids on each of the three rinks.
February 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
A standout minor-league defenseman could face up to four years in jail after being charged with using his hockey stick as a deadly weapon. Dean Trboyevich of the Anchorage Aces was released from jail early Wednesday after posting $20,000 bail. He was scheduled to appear in Fresno County court on Wednesday. Trboyevich cross-checked Jacques Mailhot of the Fresno Falcons about five minutes into the first period Tuesday night.
March 26, 1990
The coach and two players of a minor league hockey team were suspended Sunday as the result of a 20-minute brawl between players and fans during a game Saturday night at the Seattle Coliseum. The stick-swinging free-for-all erupted during the third period of the Seattle Thunderbirds' 9-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans in the opener of a best-of-nine, first-round Western Hockey League series before 12,075.
January 11, 1985
Coach Ted Garvin of the Toledo Goaldiggers announced Thursday that he was fining all 17 of his International Hockey League players $50 apiece, but they can get the money back with three straight victories. Garvin took the action after Toledo lost, 7-2, Wednesday night at Flint, the 12th consecutive defeat to Flint the last two seasons. "I'm not going to stand still and let these guys steal money from our fans," Garvin said of his team, last in the IHL's Eastern Division with a 15-20-5 record.
October 26, 1994 | MIKE PENNER
Just as Pavlov had his dog, Gary Bettman had his hockey players, and a theory to prove. Drop the puck, Prof. Bettman maintained, and hockey players are at their happiest--wide-eyed, panting, entirely captivated by the simple joy of chasing and fetching a small, round play toy. But stop the puck, Bettman hypothesized, and it won't take long before the players are reduced to drooling, quivering basket cases. One month ought to do it.
December 9, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Prosecutors in Chicago have taken the extraordinary step of charging a 15-year-old hockey player with aggravated battery for slamming another boy into the boards and leaving him paralyzed. The boy, whom prosecutors declined to identify because of his age, could be sent to a youth facility for six years if convicted. Prosecutors said the charges are warranted because the hit came seconds after the final buzzer, indicating intent to harm.
March 2, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Not that he would let it show, but Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was quietly amused on the bench last week in Colorado. He was trying to carefully manage minutes in the Kings' first game after the Olympic break, particularly in the case of defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Jeff Carter . Doughty and Carter, both of Team Canada, had been on the winning side in the gold-medal game against Sweden on the final day of the Olympics. Who knows? Their body clocks were probably still somewhere over Nova Scotia by the time they took the ice against the Avalanche.
February 7, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Alexander Ovechkin hasn't arrived yet, but his imprint is all over the Winter Olympics. The Russian forward's smiling face -- featuring a gap where one of his front teeth should be -- is on menus distributed aboard Sochi-bound flights on the Russian airline Aeroflot, on Coca-Cola machines in Olympic Park, and in advertisements for Coke. An official ambassador for the Games, Ovechkin was the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch after it was lighted in Greece and began its journey to Russia.
January 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau played his outdoor hockey under the lights, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter under the stars. Growing up in Finland, Ducks center Saku Koivu played not on Golden Pond, but on frozen swamps. Kings center Mike Richards spent almost every winter day skating up and down the outdoor community center rink run by his parents in Kenora, Ontario. No matter if they were from Canada or Europe, in an urban center or a rural area, their shared childhood experience was outdoor hockey.
July 30, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A Laguna Niguel woman convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys who played hockey with a teen relative was sentenced Tuesday to 16 months in prison, prosecutors said. Kathia Maria Davis, 46, will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as a part of her sentence, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Last August, a jury found Davis guilty of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, prosecutors said.
May 23, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman and Mike Bresnahan
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty dismissed the notion, put forth by San Jose Sharks forward TJ Galiardi, that goalie Jonathan Quick engages in "a little embellishment. " Not only did Doughty stand up for Quick, he said the San Jose player was a noted diver. He took issue with Galiardi's comments and said they went beyond the usual playoff back-and-forth. "It's not even playoff talk," Doughty said Thursday before Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. "It's just funny to even hear that from a guy who is the biggest diver on their team.
May 8, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Jack Jablonski was only a sophomore in high school when he was paralyzed by a check into the boards during a hockey game for Benilde-St. Margaret's in Minnesota in 2011. On Tuesday, he was drafted by the Chicago Steel in the United States Hockey League's Phase 2 draft. Jablonski's tragic injury -- high tetraplegia to the C4 vertebra -- and ensuing dedication to one day get back on the ice spurred support from all over the hockey community, including ex-Kings defenseman Davis  Drewiske, who brought the Stanley Cup to the Minneapolis teen's home last summer.
May 4, 2013 | By David Wharton
An old coach named Fred "The Fog" Shero once described the relationship between Canadians and their national pastime this way: "Hockey is where we live. … Life is just a place where we spend time between games. " It could feel like that in Southern California over the next few weeks. This is hockey's time to shine with two local teams in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, the Kings fighting to repeat as champions and the Ducks riding one of the better records in the league. The way things have gone for the Lakers and Clippers, and with our baseball teams struggling, the sport from up north could win some new fans.
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