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July 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Kings have appointed their former captain and defenseman Rob Blake as their new assistant general manager. Blake, 43, replaces Ron Hextall, the former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender who returned to that team as its assistant GM earlier this week. Blake played 14 of his 20 seasons with the Kings, serving as captain from 1996 to 2001 and in 2007-08, and made four of his six NHL All-Star teams as a King. He also played for San Jose and Colorado. With Los Angeles, Blake was on the 1993 Stanley Cup final team and won the franchise's first Norris Trophy in 1998, also winning an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2002.
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December 26, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Prices for a category of seating for a highly anticipated Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 are being dropped from $249 to either $189 or $199, according to Kings spokesman Mike Altieri . The move was made with the Stadium Series game less than a month away after sales at the higher price point were less than brisk and the subject of some fan displeasure. But the NHL, not the Kings or Ducks, sets the prices and corrected the miscalculation now rather than later. Fans who already purchased $249 tickets will be refunded the difference.
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April 23, 2009 | HELENE ELLIOTT
When the Sharks signed Rob Blake as a free agent and acquired Dan Boyle in a trade with Tampa Bay in July they gained more than Stanley Cup championship experience. They added possibilities to their offense and depth to their defense, following the example of -- yes -- the Ducks, in theory if not in exact practice. The Ducks' 2007 championship team is remembered well for its toughness and not well enough for a formidable defense led by Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin.
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September 8, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told fans at the team's fan fest event he believes the franchise is “at a critical stage” but has a unique opportunity to “create something special” despite the challenge of operating under a salary cap that dropped to $64.3 million from a pro-rated $70.2 million last season. Lombardi began his “Town Hall” session at Staples Center by joking that it seemed like it had been a long time since he last spoke to fans - and it was. The fan fest was cancelled last season because of the lockout, making this his first appearance in front of fans since the team's 2012 Stanley Cup triumph.
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February 7, 2011 | Helene Elliott
In its eagerness to develop a following in Europe, the NHL overlooked an audience closer to home: its Western Conference. Western teams routinely jump time zones on winding trips and are stuck with less experienced referees working their games. NHL executives often attend games in the East but rarely venture past the Hudson River. Players feel overlooked by fans, league officials and the media. Former Kings defenseman Rob Blake, the NHL's new hockey operations manager, can't change all of that.
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April 14, 1990 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Blake is nervous. Nervous when he steps out on the ice to play hockey. Nervous even when he steps out on the ice to practice . That's understandable. He's a 20-year-old who was playing defense for Bowling Green when the year began. Now he is putting his skates on for the Kings in the Stanley Cup playoffs next to Wayne Gretzky and Larry Robinson, whom he once dreamed of meeting. Pretty heady stuff for a kid from Simcoe, Canada, and he's feeling it.
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November 29, 1991 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Kings hoped that rookie defensemen Rene Chapdelaine, Peter Ahola and Darryl Sydor would take their place on the blue line. But not this soon. Or this much. When Rob Blake became the latest King defenseman to go down, spraining a knee ligament in his first shift Thursday night, he joined a long list of injured defensemen, a situation that has suddenly left the rookie trio on the last line of defense.
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June 5, 1993 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The boys were about to begin their hockey game on Rob Blake's pond on the family farm in Simcoe, Canada. "You can't be Gretzky because I'm Gretzky," a dark-haired boy told his friend. "How come you always get to be Gretzky?" the other boy asked. Blake overheard the conversation and smiled. "You guys fight over who's going to be Wayne Gretzky," Blake said. "I'm Larry Robinson."
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April 21, 1993 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The voice followed King defenseman Rob Blake almost everywhere he skated. On the ice and the bench during games, and all through practice. Others heard it, too. Rookie defensemen Alexei Zhitnik, 20, and Darryl Sydor, 20, couldn't get away from it. It was the raspy voice of Paul Coffey, who, until he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 29, was Blake's defensive partner.
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October 29, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Mattias Norstrom thought he had left hockey behind when he retired in 2008 and went home to Stockholm, where he joined two friends in starting a business that insures Swedish athletes and artists. But hockey won't let go of Norstrom. It maintains an unbreakable hold through the many friends he made during a solid career that included 11-plus seasons with the Kings and the distinction of being the first European-born player to serve as their captain. Norstrom, 38, made a tentative return to the game in February as an assistant coach of Team Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics.
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July 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Dustin Brown's captaincy of the Kings transitioned from the epic moment of lifting the Stanley Cup for the first time to negotiating his own contract extension to ensure he can try to do it again. The Kings announced Thursday that following a handful of meetings and telephone conversations with General Manager Dean Lombardi, Brown, 28, agreed to an eight-year, $47-million extension through the 2021-22 season. The average annual value of Brown's contract is $5.875 million, an increase from the $3.5-million salary the right wing will earn this season in the final year of the prior six-year deal negotiated by his former agent, Scott Norton.
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July 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Kings have appointed their former captain and defenseman Rob Blake as their new assistant general manager. Blake, 43, replaces Ron Hextall, the former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender who returned to that team as its assistant GM earlier this week. Blake played 14 of his 20 seasons with the Kings, serving as captain from 1996 to 2001 and in 2007-08, and made four of his six NHL All-Star teams as a King. He also played for San Jose and Colorado. With Los Angeles, Blake was on the 1993 Stanley Cup final team and won the franchise's first Norris Trophy in 1998, also winning an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2002.
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March 13, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Ducks right wing Corey Perry on Wednesday was suspended four games without pay by the NHL's Department of Player Safety as punishment for a hit that injured Minnesota forward Jason Zucker Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn. Perry will lose $115,135.12, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He previously was suspended by the NHL four years ago, so he is not considered a repeat offender within the prescribed 18-month period. Had he been judged a repeat offender, the suspension would have been longer.
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June 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ending our countdown of the 10 greatest  L.A. Kings  of all time, as chosen by Times readers. No. 1: Wayne Gretzky (619 first-place votes, 13,147 points) It was interesting counting up the ballots. Some people had Gretzky way down on the ballot; many had him first. You could also usually tell when a person became a Kings fan. If he or she did so during the Stanley Cup Finals season, then the list was mainly populated by players from that team, and some of those voters left guys such as Marcel Dionne off their list entirely.
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June 22, 2011
Dodgers fans would gladly welcome it, of course, but stable ownership doesn't guarantee a winning record. … Just ask the Angels. … Thank you, baseball gods: Aces Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Jered Weaver of the Angels appear destined to square off twice in the next two weeks. … Until Sunday, when he fell to the ground clutching his broken left wrist, Albert Pujols seemed indestructible. … Arizona's Derrick Williams , formerly of La Mirada High, might be the top pick in the NBA draft, making him only the second player from a Southland high school taken that high.
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June 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ending our countdown of the 10 greatest  L.A. Kings  of all time, as chosen by Times readers. No. 1: Wayne Gretzky (619 first-place votes, 13,147 points) It was interesting counting up the ballots. Some people had Gretzky way down on the ballot; many had him first. You could also usually tell when a person became a Kings fan. If he or she did so during the Stanley Cup Finals season, then the list was mainly populated by players from that team, and some of those voters left guys such as Marcel Dionne off their list entirely.
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April 3, 1991 | STEVE SPRINGER
The Kings are here preparing for Thursday's opening playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks without wing Tomas Sandstrom or defenseman Rob Blake. Both were left home with injuries. Sandstrom has back spasms, Blake a pulled rib. Each was injured in last Saturday's practice. Both are expected to be ready by Thursday.
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