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Kings defeat Canucks in first NHL game played in China

Building on the support for winter sports in China since Beijing won the 2022 Olympics, the NHL is showcasing two preseason games in an attempt to break into a market and country unfamiliar with hockey. Playing the first NHL game in China, the crowd in Shanghai couldn’t have been treated to a more...

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  • Five questions about the Kings heading into training camp

    Five questions about the Kings heading into training camp

    Luc Robitaille, Kings president, put it best when he addressed the state of the franchise to season-ticket holders last month. “We understand that we need to change some things,” Robitaille said. He spoke to fans who watched the Kings too often look like a team that struggled to adapt to today’s...

  • At Kings rookie camp, goalie Cal Petersen sees a 'tremendous opportunity'

    At Kings rookie camp, goalie Cal Petersen sees a 'tremendous opportunity'

    Cal Petersen knew he was a long way from South Bend, Ind., when he came to Los Angeles this summer. Petersen, a well-regarded goalie prospect, signed with the Kings as a free agent in July. A month later, he was on the ice with Jonathan Quick and Darcy Kuemper at the Kings’ practice facility. “The...

  • Kings get to hang out with one of their biggest little fans while racing to fight hydrocephalus

    Kings get to hang out with one of their biggest little fans while racing to fight hydrocephalus

    Charlie Pope might as well be an unofficial mascot for the Kings. The players know him and high-five him when he’s with his mother, Jennifer, the team’s vice president of community relations. Charlie, 5, is a huge hockey fan, and this time of year is like Christmas because he gets to see the Kings...

  • Kings go to paperless tickets for this season

    Kings go to paperless tickets for this season

    Tickets used to be a keepsake, a memento of a sporting event or concert, with a perforated edge where it was torn by an usher. It’s becoming a relic, though, as more sports teams are going electronic, including the Kings. They plan to go paperless for the 2017-18 season, team spokesman Mike...

  • Kings executives tell season-ticket holders there are ways to improve scoring

    Kings executives tell season-ticket holders there are ways to improve scoring

    The Kings’ executive brass started out their “state of the franchise” meeting with season-ticket holders with an intricate presentation on how they will improve their offense. Then general manager Rob Blake unveiled Plan B when he nodded toward Kings President Luc Robitaille. “We just need him...

  • Galaxy, Angels keep their fans the happiest, survey says

    Galaxy, Angels keep their fans the happiest, survey says

    The Galaxy and the Angels do the best job of local professional teams in satisfying their fans, according to a survey released Wednesday. The Lakers ranked third, followed in order by the Ducks, Kings, Clippers, Dodgers and Rams. The survey, conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, asked more than...

  • Kings hope they scored big with top draft picks Gabe Vilardi and Jaret Anderson-Dolan

    Kings hope they scored big with top draft picks Gabe Vilardi and Jaret Anderson-Dolan

    There might come a day when Gabe Vilardi walks into the Kings’ dressing room as a man among boys. On this day, though, Vilardi, was a wide-eyed boy wonder when he toured the Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo. “I saw Jeff Carter,” he said of the Kings’ all-star center. “It’s crazy. I grew up...

  • Rob Blake faces formidable task of reviving the Kings

    Rob Blake faces formidable task of reviving the Kings

    It was at the NHL draft last month that Mark Yannetti, the Kings’ director of amateur scouting, noticed a distinct contrast between the demeanor of his former boss, Dean Lombardi, and that of Rob Blake, who succeeded Lombardi as the club’s general manager. After not reaching the playoffs for the...

  • NHL free agency: Ducks sign Cam Fowler to eight-year extension, sign goalie Ryan Miller

    NHL free agency: Ducks sign Cam Fowler to eight-year extension, sign goalie Ryan Miller

    Who stayed put was as intriguing as who’s searching for a new home after the first day of NHL free agency. The relatively restrained market proved especially unkind to aging forwards, as Florida parted ways with 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr, the Kings affirmed they won’t bring back 40-year-old Jarome...

  • New Kings coach and GM should have no problems working together

    New Kings coach and GM should have no problems working together

    To understand the depth and breadth of the relationship between new Kings coach John Stevens and first-year general manager Rob Blake you have to go all the way back to Turkey Point, Canada, the town in southwestern Ontario where Stevens grew up. But if you go back, go during the summer. “In the...

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  • Ryan Kesler's return delayed as Ducks injuries start to pile up

    Ryan Kesler's return delayed as Ducks injuries start to pile up

    Veteran center Ryan Kesler, who underwent surgery on his right hip in June, might not return to the Ducks’ lineup before Christmas, general manager Bob Murray said Friday as the team opened training camp at Anaheim Ice. Kesler had surgery to clean out bone fragments that had plagued him most of...

  • Kings to hold tryouts for emergency goalie

    Kings to hold tryouts for emergency goalie

    The situation arises at some point in every NHL season when a team needs an emergency goalie. The starter is suddenly unavailable, the backup is enlisted and a third-string goalie can’t get to the rink in time for the game. It happened last December when the Chicago Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford needed...

  • Ducks head into training camp with some questions to answer

    Ducks head into training camp with some questions to answer

    For as much as NHL teams like to turn the page, this was one heavy chapter for the Ducks. Just when they looked ready to go to the Stanley Cup Final, injuries hit as forwards Rickard Rakell, Patrick Eaves and goalie John Gibson each went down during a playoff run that stopped at Game 6 of the Western...

  • Former Ducks goaltending coach Francois Allaire announces retirement

    Former Ducks goaltending coach Francois Allaire announces retirement

    Well-known former Ducks goaltending coach Francois Allaire announced his retirement Tuesday. Allaire’s 32-year coaching career included a 13-year stint with the Ducks in which he mentored Jean-Sebastien Giguere during the goaltender’s 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy performance. He also helped Giguere...

  • Ducks to honor Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne on Nov. 19

    Ducks to honor Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne on Nov. 19

    Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne will be honored by the Anaheim Ducks on Hall of Fame Night Nov. 19 at Honda Center, the team announced Tuesday. The former teammates will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 13. Both have attended Ducks games or participated in promotional events in recent...

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