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Los Angeles Kings Forward Jarret Stoll Arrested in Las Vegas

April 17th, 2015 at 9:43 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy, according to a report by CBS Los Angeles and CBS Las Vegas.

Per CBS Los Angeles, and confirmed by Las Vegas police, Stoll, 32, was arrested at the Wet Republic pool complex at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Clark Country police online police records confirmed that Stoll was arrested and charged with drug possession. Per Rich Hammond of the OC Register, Stoll was released from jail on a $5,000 bail, and a hearing is set for Saturday.

Police said NHL security has been notified.

Stoll has been with the Kings since 2008, won two championships with them, and will be an unrestricted free agent if he can’t come to terms with the team by July 1. The Kings’ season ended Saturday.

Lisa Dillman of the LA Times said that a Kings spokesman says that they are aware of it and “actively investigating it”.

No further information or comment is available at this time.

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Justin Williams, Will He Be Back Next Season?

April 16th, 2015 at 6:37 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings Conn Smythe Trophy winner and three time Stanley Cup Champion, Justin Williams has been a core player on the team but faces unrestricted free agency if he can’t come to terms with the Kings by July 1.

In January, ESPN reported that contract negotiation for now has stopped but there is still a long time until July to work out a deal. Williams loves to play for Los Angeles and Kings general manager Dean Lomardi loves having him there.

“Our intention is to leave negotiations until after the season,” his agent Thane Campbell told ESPN.com via email Tuesday. “However, if they accepted our current position at any time, the deal would get done. We are not removing our last offer from the table and I believe they understand our position has little flexibility.”

In 2008 Williams was traded to the Kings with a Stanley Cup already under his belt. With his veteran experience he brought a lot to the teams dynamic even though he had many injuries that led him to take some time off. He helped the Kings reach the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2012, but it was their second Cup in 2014 where he really shined like the star he is. He didn’t just get his third career Stanley Cup, but his first career Conn Smythe, for the most valuable player.

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Jarret Stoll, Will He Be Back Next Season?

April 16th, 2015 at 4:53 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings veteran forward Jarret Stoll has often been described by the media as a well-rounded player you need on the ice, which he has been for the team. This offseason however Stoll faces becoming an unrestricted free agent.

“No,” Stoll said about whether the free agency has crossed his mind. “It’s whatever happens, happens. I said it the other day, its hockey. You play and you work hard for your team and you be a good teammate and that’s all you can really do.”

During the summer of 2008, Jarret Stoll was traded to the Kings from the Edmonton Oilers, along with defenseman Matt Greene, in exchange for veteran blue liner Lubomir Visnovsky.

He joined the Kings just as the team was in the process of rebuilding.

“I would say probably in the room,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said in regards to where Stoll impacts the team most. “He’s a very vocal guy, brings a lot of energy. He has a really good attitude. That’s probably the biggest thing for us is we have a lot of guys that are really positive in the room, and that goes a long way. When things get hard, try to stay upbeat because as we’ve found out, when things go south, it’s your attitude that makes the difference in pulling yourself out of it. We’ve been able to find ways to do it and this year we fell a little short, but it wasn’t from a lack of our attitude or any of that sort of thing. He’s huge in that part.”

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Los Angeles Kings Sign Adrian Kempe to a Entry-Level Contract

April 15th, 2015 at 12:42 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

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

Kempe, 18, is a native of Kramfors, Sweden who appeared in 95 career regular season games with the Modo of the SHL. He totaled 28 points (10G-18A) and 54 penalty minutes. In six post season games he recorded one goal, three assists, a plus-4 rating and two penalty minutes.

This season Kempe totaled 17 points (5G-12A) and 42 penalty minutes. He was tied for second on the team with assists.

Kempe was the Kings first round 29th overall draft pick of 2014.

Per the Kings:

Internationally, Kempe has appeared in both the U-18 and U-20 World Junior Hockey Championships as a member of Team Sweden. In the 2013-14 season, he registered seven points in seven games, helping Team Sweden to the Bronze Medal game, before falling to Team Canada. In 2014-15, Kempe tallied eight points (4G-4A), tied for ninth in the tournament in points as he led Team Sweden to another fourth place finish.

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Help Fund Pickwick Ice in Burbank

April 14th, 2015 at 7:05 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

As a native of Los Angeles, I grew up skating at Pickwick Ice in Burbank on Riverside Drive. I’m sure many of you have also skated, played, etc.; there and know that the place could use a little sprucing up.

The Los Angeles Kings are asking fans to help Pickwick receive $150,000 in upgrades and an opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game via the Kraft Hockeyville arena upgrade project / promotion.

If Pickwick doesn’t finish at the top of the fan vote they still have a chance at receiving a $75,000 fund.

To vote and see the video that was submitted by Pickwick go to krafthockeyville.com/(registration required), text PICKWICK to 35350 or call the toll-free number of (855) 255-5975.

Rinks eligible for an upgrade are divided by east and west. Other rinks contending for the funding and the preseason game are located in Albertville, MN, Rapid City, SD, Fairbanks, AK, Decatur, IL, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, East Aurora, NY, Johnstown, PA, Highgate, VT and Quincy, MA.

First round voting runs through Thursday. Top 10 votes begin April 14-16, top 4 April 21-22, and top 2 April 27-29, and the winners will be announced around May 2.

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