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California's Jonathon Blum's hockey career rejuvenates in Russia

California's Jonathon Blum's hockey career rejuvenates in Russia

There are moments when Jonathon Blum can forget he's 18 time zones away from home, wrestling with a new language and enduring 10-hour flights across the vastness of Russia, all in pursuit of a hockey dream born after Wayne Gretzky joined the Kings and inspired kids to scrimmage on suburban streets and take tentative strides onto the ice.

"I love just staring out the window towards the ocean. It reminds me of being home in Southern California," said Blum, who was born in Long Beach and raised a Kings fan in Rancho Santa Margarita. "Little things like that really count."

He's not in the OC anymore. He's playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in Vladivostok,...

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