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Mike Richards Makes His Debut with the Manchester Monarchs

January 31st, 2015 at 12:01 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Forward Mike Richards made his debut with the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs on Friday night. He did not record a point, but registered two shots, and took one penalty (hooking) in the team’s 3-1 victory over Portland. Richards wore the number 18 (which is the number he wore playing as the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers).

Richards centered the Monarchs’ first line playing on the power-play and penalty-kill units. He was in the penalty box when Portland scored their one and only goal of the night.

Richards, 29, is a 10-year NHL veteran and a two-time Stanley Cup Champion. He was placed on waivers by the Kings but he cleared waivers on Tuesday which is when the Kings assigned him to Manchester. Richards had five goals and 10 assists in 47 games with the Kings this season, before he joined the Monarchs.

"Obviously it’s not expected," Richards said in a pregame radio interview. "It came as quite the surprise on Sunday night, but I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason. … You’re not always going to have smooth sailing. It’s how you react, or what you do with the opportunity when things go wrong."

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Legends Luncheon at Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

January 30th, 2015 at 9:52 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings will honor Barry Melrose, Tony Granato and Luc Robitaille during this season’s Legends Night.

Melrose, former Kings head coach, will be honored on February 12 before the Kings take on the Calgary Flames at the STAPLES Center, Granato, who played for the Kings, will be honored February 24 before the Kings take on the Detroit Red Wings and Robitaille, former Kings captain and Hockey Hall of Famer, will be honored March 7 prior to the Kings taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins. That evening Robitaille will also have his statue unveiled at Star Plaza at the STAPLES Center.

Each “Legend” will take part in a special Legends Luncheon at Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar which will be hosted by Kings radio broadcaster Nick Nickson. Each luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the day of their ceremony.

Tickets are available for the luncheon at lakings.com/legends.

There will be a commemorative poster giveaway featuring the Legend and a post event autograph signing and meet and greet with the Legend and other members of the LA Kings Alumni Association.

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Cant’ Make It to Santa Clara? You Now Have a New Option to Watch the Game!

January 30th, 2015 at 8:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Southern California Hockey Fans who can’t make it out to the Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks outdoor game at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara on February 21, now have another option.

Three cinema venues will be broadcasting the game, Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14, Cinemark 18 & XD at Howard Hughes Center and AMC Puente Hills 20.

This will be the first NHL game shown in U.S. movie theaters. Tickets for adults are $15 and children under the age of 11, $8.

“Last year’s game at Dodger Stadium was a unique and fun experience,” said Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille, to Lisa Dillman of the LA Time. “We are looking forward to our fans joining us in Santa Clara next month as well, but for those who cannot make that trip this is a great opportunity to enjoy the game with a large group of folks who share a similar passion.”

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

There will be DJ’ed music, giveaways, the LA Kings Ice Crew will make an appearance and a commemorative rally towel giveaway.

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Los Angeles Kings and LA Galaxy to Be Honored at the White House

January 30th, 2015 at 5:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

As the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings have one last stop to make. On Monday at 11:00 a.m. the Kings and LA Galaxy, both for the second time in three seasons, will be honored at the White House by President Obama.

Only champions in major professional and collegiate sports get to experience this.

“It’ll be good for the new guys, I think,” Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said to Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com, noting that there are a handful of players who have won one, not two, championships with the Kings.

“There’s a handful of staff, too, that are new, when you think about it – Davis and a couple [members] of the training staff,” Sutter continued.

Tyler Toffoli, Marian Gaborik, Jake Muzzin, Robyn Regehr and Davis Payne will experience the ceremony for the first time. It is unclear if Mike Richards and Jeff Schultz will be a part of the ceremony; however, Tanner Pearson has traveled with the team today and will attend the ceremony.

The team traveled to Boston today to take on the Boston Bruins Saturday at 4:00 p.m. They take on the Washington Capitals the day after the visit to the White House at 4:00 p.m.

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AHL Board of Governors Approves Relocation of the Manchester Monarchs to Ontario

January 30th, 2015 at 4:37 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Ontario Reign, announced today that the American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved the relocation of the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs franchise to Ontario to begin play in the 2015-16 season.

The Ontario Reign are four-time ECHL Pacific Division Champions and ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets.
Per the Kings:

The Ontario Reign name will remain the same as they enter into a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Kings and become the primary training ground for Kings prospects. The partnership will unite the hockey communities of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, providing the opportunity for marketing and operational synergy between the two professional hockey teams. Ontario will play host to the highest caliber of hockey that it has seen since it was introduced to the sport at a professional level in 1958 with the Ontario Canucks of the California Hockey League.

The agreement provides advantages both on and off the ice for the Kings organization, such as savings on travel, cross-promotion and marketability of players as they develop into future NHL stars while playing in the top developmental hockey league in North America.

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