January 26, 1999 |
Look for the Kings, their record notwithstanding, to cut back on ice time during practice for the rest of the season, schedule permitting. There are a couple of reasons for that, one being the trip to the Iceoplex in North Hills, which they avoided while the NBA sorted out its labor problems and ice was available at the Great Western Forum. That has ended, and the Forum has competition for time. The Kings went back to work Monday at the Iceoplex after the all-star break.
March 17, 1998 |
It's too early to tell if Andrey Chua has the talent to become an Olympic ice princess. She's only 11, after all. But early progress points to a royal future for Chua, whose rapid rise in figure skating began through circumstances related to the Northridge earthquake. Chua, of Sun Valley, has shaken up the sport by winning her past six competitions at the intermediate level to qualify for the Junior Olympics starting today in Plano, Texas.
January 28, 1998 |
The Kings got a major scare near the end of practice Tuesday when goaltender Stephane Fiset went down with an injury after a collision with teammate Nathan LaFayette. Fiset stayed on the ice for nearly three minutes before he was helped to the team's dressing room at the Iceoplex. The good news is that his injury was only a deep bruise on the upper part of his right leg. "It was just a play to the net and I caught an edge," LaFayette said.
August 12, 1998 |
One day, the Lakers practice in the Great Western Forum, the next at Los Angeles Southwest College. One day, the Kings practice in the Forum, the next at Iceoplex in North Hills. All that will end at the beginning of the 1999-2000 season for both teams, which will announce today their intent to build a combined practice facility on Nash Street in El Segundo.
January 23, 1998 |
Rogie Vachon, vice president of special projects for the Kings, said Thursday that the franchise hopes to secure a site of at least six acres on the Westside for a new practice facility. The Kings currently use Iceoplex in North Hills, but Vachon said the team hopes to have a new facility built--one that also could be used by the Lakers--before the opening of the downtown Staples Center, scheduled for the fall of 1999.