Wayne Simmonds

Metropolitan Division's NHL All-Star victory has a strong Kings connection

Metropolitan Division's NHL All-Star victory has a strong Kings connection

As Wayne Simmonds walked off the press-room stage, he was asked a question that seemed silly but probably needed to be asked.

Was he named after Wayne Gretzky?

“No,” Simmonds said as he laughed.

It was indeed Waynes’ World in Sunday’s NHL All-Star game at Staples Center, a contest that culminated a Hollywood-themed weekend celebration of hockey and prominently featured two men with ties to the Kings.

Simmonds, a popular Kings forward earlier in his career who now plays for the Philadelphia Flyers, was named MVP after he scored the winning goal for the Metropolitan Division in a 4-3 win against the Pacific Division. It occurred after the Gretzky-coached...

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