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Damir Sharipzyanov Signs Entry-Level Contract with the Kings

August 27th, 2015 at 2:22 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Damir Sharipzyanov to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Per the Kings:

The 19-year-old Sharipzyanov (born Feb. 17, 1996) is a 6-2, 203-pound native of Nizhnekamsk, Russia who appeared in 66 regular-season games last season with Owen Sound (OHL) where he registered 34 points (9G-25A), a plus-13 rating and 59 penalty minutes. In five postseason games he posted three points (1G-2A), a plus-1 rating and six penalty minutes.

Sharipzyanov has appeared in 133 regular-season games in two seasons with Owen Sound totaling 50 points (14G-36A), a plus-15 rating and 124 penalty minutes. In 10 career postseason games he has registered four points (1G-3A) and six penalty minutes.

The Kings signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff four days ago as well.

The team needed to make additions to their blue line after losing Andrej Sekera (Edmonton Oilers) and Robyn Regehr (retirement) in the offseason. They're also in limbo with defenseman Slava Voynov as he continues to serve his jail time.

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Jim Fox to Be Induced into SCSB Hall of Fame

August 27th, 2015 at 1:48 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Current Los Angeles Kings analyst and former Kings forward, Jim Fox, will be inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame next year.

Fox begins his 26th year as the Kings TV analyst and will join long-time Kings broadcasters Bob Miller and Nick Nickson in the SCSB Hall of Fame.

Fox will be honored at SCSB’s annual luncheon, on January 25 at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake.

Fox will be honored along with Rob Fukuzaki and Joe McDonnell.

In January of this year, the SCSB honored Fox with the Best TV Play by Play award for the second consecutive season and fifth time in the last six seasons.

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The AHL Releases the Ontario Reign’s 2015-16 Schedule

August 27th, 2015 at 12:15 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The AHL released their 2015-16 season schedule.

The Ontario Reign and the four other California-based teams will play 68-games, while the remaining 25 teams will play 76-games.

Below is the full Ontario Reign Schedule:

Day Date Time Opponent

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Mike Richards Charged with Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance

August 27th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Former Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards has been charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced Thursday morning.

Sources told TSN that Richards has not yet entered a plea and has a court hearing on Sept. 10. It's likely that the case will be adjourned until his legal team obtains police documents related to the case.

Richards was arrested on June 17 in Emerson, MB at about 2 p.m., RCMP constable Paul Human told TSN.

The Canadian border guards found "some pills in a single bottle" during a "random" search of Richards' car, and that's when he was arrested. “It was clearly a small quantity intended for his personal use,” the source told TSN.

Over the summer several reports said the pills were OxyContin, but the TSN source close to Richards declined to say whether he has had a prescription for the narcotic pain reliever.

Per TSN, under Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, prosecutors will be able to choose whether to proceed with the case summarily, which is typically the case for first-time offenders, or through an indictment, which is used for repeat and serious offenders. If prosecutors proceed summarily, Richards faces a maximum $1,000 fine or up to six months in prison. If prosecutors proceed by indictment, he faces up to seven years in prison.

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Los Angeles Kings Add Christian Ehrhoff to Their Blue Line

August 23rd, 2015 at 12:04 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

As first reported by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Los Angeles Kings have signed veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, to a one-year deal $1.5 million deal.

The Kings needed to make an addition to their blue line after losing Andrej Sekera (Edmonton Oilers) and Robyn Regehr (retirement) in the offseason. They're also in limbo with defenseman Slava Voynov as he continues to serve his jail time.

The 33-year-old native of Germany is a veteran of 11 NHL seasons. Ehrhroff spent last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and has also spent time with the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres.

Ehrhoff played in 49 games last season for the Pens, scoring three goals and recording 11 assists in just under 22 minutes of ice time a night.

In 741 career regular season games, he has 327 points, a plus-59 rating, and 483 penalty minutes.

In 73 playoff contests, he recorded 34 points, a minus-12 rating, and 64 penalty minutes.

Per TSN, he was a member of the Canucks team that reached Game 7 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. He became a free agent that summer and then signed a 10-year, $40 million deal with the Sabres, but was bought out after two seasons.

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