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Now Retired, Jarret Stoll Looks Back At His 12-Year NHL Career

July 13th, 2017 at 3:44 AM
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Jarret Stoll (foreground right), shown here with teammates during the Los Angeles Kings 2014 Stanley Cup
Championship Parade in Downtown Los Angeles on June 16, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES â?? Now retired as a National Hockey League player, former Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll is moving ahead with life after hockey with no regrets, focused on the two things he wanted to do after his playing days were overâ??working with young NHL prospects and getting into hockey broadcasting.

After a summer that began with him marrying Fox Sports reporter and Dancing with the Stars co-host Erin Andrews on June 24, 2017, which was also his 35th birthday, the native of Melville, Saskatchewan then joined the Kings development staff on a part-time basis, and he worked with the team’s young prospects during their 2017 Development Camp, June 27-30, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

Stoll, who played seven seasons with the Kings, helping lead them to the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championships, took some time to look back on his NHL career, which began with the Edmonton Oilers in 2003-04, his first full NHL season.

Stoll went on to play four full seasons with the Oilers, spending the cancelled 2004-05 season [due to NHL owners locking out the players in a bitter labor dispute] with the American Hockey League‘s Hamilton Bulldogs.

Stoll’s best season in the NHL came in the 2005-06 season when the Oilers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, but were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games. That year, Stoll played in 82 regular season games, scoring 22 goals and adding 44 assists for 68 points, with a +4 plus/minus rating and 74 penalty minutes. In 20 playoffs games, he scored four goals and contributed six assists for ten points, with a -4 plus/minus rating and 24 penalty minutes.

But after making it all the way to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, the Oilers failed to make the playoffs the next two seasons, and it was time for change. That’s when then-Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi made jumped at the opportunity, and on June 29, 2008, the Kings acquired Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene in exchange for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

“That was a shock to me, and knowing Greener and having talked to him, it was a shock to him, too,” said Stoll. “We were young guys, we were playing in Edmonton, and we were having some good years there.”

“I remember getting a phone call from [then-Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe],” added Stoll. “I was in my backyardâ??I lived [in the Los Angeles area] during the summer. I can look into my backyard right now and see the spot where I was standing when I got the call. I’m still living in the same place.”

“We liked our time in Edmonton. It was fun there, and it was a shock, coming to L.A. But things worked out for the best.”

Indeed, they did. Stoll would go on to play in 506 regular season games for the Kings, scoring 81 goals and tallying 133 assists, with a +22 plus/minus rating, and 344 penalty minutes, not to mention winning two Stanley Cup Championships.

But at first, the move from Edmonton to Los Angeles wasn’t easy.

“Not knowing the organization, not knowing the players and the coaching staff, made it a little tough,” Stoll noted. “But knowing that playing against L.A., at the time, they were a tough team to play against. Their record wasn’t what they wanted, and they hadn’t reached the playoffs in a while. But they were a tough team to play against.”

“At that time, [Dustin] Brown and [Anze] Kopitar were playing really well, [Michael] Cammalleri was scoring a bunch of goals, and Visnovsky was putting up points from the blue line,” Stoll added. “So, coming in, knowing that there were a lot of young guys and with draft picks coming up who were, hopefully, going to pan outâ??some of them didâ??it was bittersweet.”

Stoll’s love for the city and team he left didn’t help, either.

“I had some good times playing in a city and for a team and their fans in Edmonton,” he said. “You’re sad and disappointed, at the time, but you’re looking ahead to the future and exciting things to come. That’s the way it works.”

As tough as it was to be traded and to have to start fresh with a new team that he wasn’t very familiar with, it did not take Stoll very long to see his new team’s potential.

“At training camp, the thing I noticed first was the skill level here,” he noted. “To be honest, the skill level here was higher than it was in Edmonton, at the time. I noticed that right away, so …

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