January 13, 2014 |
This Dodger Stadium gathering on a winter day -- well, winter in name only -- was, among other things, to witness the arrival of the “ice truck,” officially kicking off the building of the rink for the Kings-Ducks game Jan. 25. Beyond, and above that, it marked a very public return of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to the NHL fold. Gretzky talked about the day in larger terms, not personal ones. “It's a wonderful day, a great day for the sport,” Gretzky said Monday. “It's a great day for the Kings and the Ducks organizations.
January 8, 2014 |
The Kings knew Hall of Fame talent when they saw it - even if it was talent for another sport. In 1984 they used their fourth-round pick and 69 th overall in the entry draft to select a Massachusetts high school hockey player of some note - a center named Tom Glavine. He chose baseball instead and on Wednesday was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. That same year, General Manager Rogie Vachon waited until the ninth round - 171 st overall - to select a high-scoring but raw left wing named Luc Robitaille.
June 5, 2013 |
Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi, a New York native, said he has no trouble understanding the limited English of his Russian-born defense partner, Slava Voynov. "I think it's pretty easy when you're saying the same 10 words to each other," Scuderi said. Especially when four of those words are "Congratulations on your goal," a phrase Scuderi has repeated often this spring. Voynov's fifth goal of the playoffs, an almost comically slow change-of-pace produced when his stick broke as he shot, held up as the winner Tuesday in the Kings' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, a game the injury-depleted Kings simply refused to lose.
March 27, 2013 |
Kings great Luc Robitaille donated a 2012 Stanley Cup championship ring to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, which added it to the Stanley Cup Championship display at the Hall in Toronto. "We are very grateful to the Los Angeles Kings organization, especially Luc Robitaille,” said Bill Hay, the chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. “As chairman and CEO of the Hockey Hall of Fame, it's an honor to accept this Stanley Cup ring. It will make a wonderful addition to our special Stanley Cup Ring exhibit.” The ring is featured in a display celebrating the current and past Stanley Cup champions, including the first-ever Stanley Cup ring (1893)
March 15, 2013 |
Tim Leiweke spent his last evening as president and chief executive of AEG watching the Galaxy defeat Costa Rica's Herediano at the Home Depot Center. Had the Kings been home Leiweke might have been at Staples Center, cheering from the corner season seats he bought so he could vent his passion more freely than he could in a remote suite. Leiweke, whose departure "by mutual agreement" was announced Thursday when the Anschutz Co. took AEG off the market, gladly became the face of the Kings and Galaxy and not only because owner Phil Anschutz stayed out of daily operations.
March 3, 2013 |
Jerry Buss was so strongly associated with the Lakers and their championships that it's easy to forget he was the Kings' second owner - and that they were more to him than a throw-in item when he bought the Lakers, the Forum, the Kings and a 13,000-acre ranch from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979. Buss was more of a basketball fan than a hockey fan, but he put a lot of time and money into stabilizing and promoting the Kings. Soon after he took over, he signed high-scoring forward Marcel Dionne to a six-year contract worth a then-astonishing $600,000 a year, a pattern he followed with his NBA team.