Gann Matsuda of Frozen Royalty checks in with his latest article on Kings alumnus Kelly Hrudey. Check it out!
LOS ANGELES — Last weekend, as part of their first annual HockeyFest, the Los Angeles Kings brought back some of their alumni to join in the celebration.
Indeed, fans got to meet and listen to Kings from days long past. They were delighted to see the famed Triple Crown Line of Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor reunited in a hockey setting here in Los Angeles for the first time in 25 years.
Bernie Nicholls. Gene Carr. Ray Ferraro. Stu Grimson. Bob Berry. Gary Edwards. Glen Murray. Those were just some of the alumni from all the different eras of Los Angeles Kings hockey who gathered at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live to celebrate all things hockey with Los Angeles hockey fans.
Another familiar name was Kelly Hrudey, who became the Kings number one goaltender after being acquired from the New York Islanders on February 22, 1989, in exchange for Mark Fitzpatrick, Wayne McBean and future considerations (Doug Crossman).
Like many players, Hrudey, who was entertaining and informative during the NHL Experts panel on Saturday, did not want to be traded. But once he arrived in the Los Angeles area, he quickly changed his mind…
On the 3rd and final day of the LA Kings Hockey Fest 09, Keith, Chris and Connie continue their coverage of the event with exclusive interviews of Dean Lombardi, Ron Hextall and Terry Murray, chat with more Los Angeles Kings fans, check out the new NHL 2010 game and stage their own autograph session.
On this beautiful Sunday morning, and final day of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Fest 2009, I’m starting to feel that gentle nudge that hockey is upon us. And while we would love for you to check into our site every hour on the hour, there are some other sites out there that talk about your LA Kings on a regular basis. Here’s who we’re reading and why you should too:
Frozen Royalty – Gann Matsuda is a household name if you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan. He’s been covering the Kings since they were playing at the forum. Gann gets the interviews from the top-brass and provides us with locker-room interviews after each home game. Gann was also a guest on our show last season. Why we subscribe? Gann has always provided insightful Kings news with a journalistic integrity. He’s well-respected within the organization and among the fan base.
View From My Seats – Matt Reitz is the Editor-in-Chief of this website and also guest-posted for us recently. While his site is not exclusively about the Los Angeles Kings, Reitz is a Kings fan and generously posts about his favorite team. Why we subscribe? This guy has a razor sharp wit. His posts always delight me as he can turn a phrase like nobody’s business. This hockey site is a delight to read each morning. Points to anyone who can convince Matt to write for KingsCast.
Matt Barry on Hockeybuzz.com – Everybody has strong opinions for or against anything relating to Hockeybuzz, but this site is a huge force in hockey. Matt Barry’s blogs are always entertaining, forever passionate and certainly deliver a good analysis on the LA Kings. Why we subscribe? This guy has energy. I don’t read through his blogs and wonder what I’m having for lunch that day. It’s entertaining and it’s just good.
Kings Kool-Aid – This is a new blog I found on Twitter recently and it has not disappointed. What I like about this site is that the author is smart. He gives you statistical breakdowns of the Kings with insightful commentary. Why we subscribe? Because we find interesting facts about the Kings which are no-BS and well-researched.
The Hockey Zen – Look, these guys are not Kings fans. But they are passionate hockey fans and I watch their show every time they put one out. I link these guys because I have a bet with Chris Nadeau. He believes the Edmonton Oilers will make the playoffs and beat the Kings in points. Clearly he is wrong. Why we subscribe? They may not be Kings fans but they are definitely Kings-friendly. Regardless, this is a great site and a great show. Also, I will win this bet and Chris will be doing shots of Jager in the Spring of 2010.
So, who else out there are you getting your Kings fix from?
If you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan, then you know that Hockey Fest ’09 starts tonight in Downtown Los Angeles with a live acoustic performance by Eddie Kowalczyk of the band “Live”. Despite the 100 degree weather, the Kings are looking to put on quite a show this weekend.
Saturday you’ll have the opportunity to meet Dave Taylor, Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer of the Triple Crown Line in person. The stories this group must have as they made up one of the best lines in Los Angeles Kings history. This is my must-see event for Saturday. Also featured will be an enforcer panel and an NHL experts discussion. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet some of your current Kings and get some long-awaited autographs.
Sunday is the coup de grace for any Kings Fan as Bob Miller will be starring in his own one-man show at the Nokia Theatre. In this special performance, Bob will re-live many of his favorite (and funny) Kings moments. I absolutely cannot wait for this one. Also on Sunday will be a panel on “Growing Up Kings” with Jim Fox, Luc Robitaille, Bernie Nicholls and Mark Hardy where they will talk about growing up in the farm system and finally making the team. At 10AM, there will be a discussion with Terry Murray, Dean Lombardi and Ron Hextall where you’ll get the “inside scoop” on what’s happening with the team. Think of this as a condensed Breakfast with the GM.
Of course, KingsCast will be there as part of the media giving you up to the minute updates on Twitter as well as the blog. We’ll be trying to get a few interviews as well for you. Also, we’re hoping to meet some of you this weekend and get your take on this year’s squad on video for Overtime. Thanks for all of the support this off-season!
For more information, and to purchase tickets to the LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, click here. See you this weekend!
Keith and Chris finally unveil the location of our meet-up in Las Vegas when the Los Angeles Kings take on the Colorado Avalanche. We also discuss the rookie and goaltending situation in Los Angeles as well as the LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 celebration.