July 1, 1991 |
Free-agent left wing John Tonelli, who had said he sensed the Kings were not interested in his returning next season, has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. Because Tonelli was a free agent without compensation, the Blackhawks are not required to give the Kings anyone in return. The Kings signed Tonelli as a free agent June 27, 1988. Last season with the Kings, Tonelli played in 71 games and had 14 goals and 16 assists.
April 21, 1990
Being a Kings fan, I have a few observations: 1) The crowd at Game 6 was great, let's keep it up. 2) Bernie Nicholls is a crybaby. 3) Tony Granato and Tomas Sandstrom for Nicholls was a steal. 4) Kelly Hrudey is a phenomenal playoff goalie. 5) Wayne Gretzky at 80% is better than 90% of the players at 100%. 6) John Tonelli and Steve Kasper are vital players to the Kings. 7) Steve Duchesne is regaining last year's form. 8) Marty McSorley plays extremely hard, and he is improving. 9) If they beat the Flames, they can beat anybody.
January 15, 1989 |
John Tonelli had two goals and two assists, including the go-ahead score, as the Kings scored five goals in the third period to beat the Hartford Whalers, 9-6, Saturday night. Wayne Gretzky, Bernie Nicholls and Ron Duguay also had two goals for the Kings, who won their third straight home game. The go-ahead goal came at 10:08 on a battle in the crease between Tonelli and Whalers defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.
September 11, 1989 |
John Tonelli was scheduled to arrive here early this morning after finally agreeing to contract terms with the Kings, according to General Manager Rogie Vachon. With the arrival of Tonelli, who was expected to be on the ice today, the Kings will have a full complement of players in camp. "It is very good news," Vachon said Sunday morning. Tonelli, 32, a left winger, had stayed at home in New York while details of a two-year contract were worked out.
December 11, 1988 |
As he skated through a brief practice at the Nassau Coliseum Saturday morning, John Tonelli considered the four Stanley Cup banners overhead that he had helped to win. He considered the New York Islanders' current slump, and he considered what effect the return of Al Arbour behind their bench was likely to have on the team and the crowd. And he concluded that the Kings might have their hands full, come game time. He was right.
December 21, 1988 |
John Tonelli got his first hat trick for the Kings Tuesday night, leading his teammates to a 7-3 victory at the Forum over the Calgary Flames, a team that Tonelli used to play for. A team he understands. "They have a nucleus of good, grinding-type players," Tonelli said. "They wanted to distract us and get us off our game. "We fell into that the last couple of games."