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Dale Hunter, Back with the London Knights

The Knights — the team Drew Doughty did training camp with this past fall — play the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Memorial Cup Championship game tomorrow (Sunday) at 4pm (Pacific Time) on NHL Network. Bonus question: why are the Cataractes cataractes? OHL Network – Hunter Shifts to Eye in Sky for Knights It’s not often…

Helene Elliott Talks to Wayne Gretzky About the Kings’ Run

LAT (Helene Elliott) – Watching Kings’ Run Has Been Great for Gretzky [...] “It’s been unreal what they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished so far,” Wayne Gretzky said Wednesday. “It’s been unreal for the organization and it’s been great for hockey in California and L.A. We live in L.A., so we’re seeing it first-hand how…

Pux in the City?

Anything’s better than Mike Emerick’s knifing and regathering. The CBC is planning some counter-programming for female non-hockey fans who might be forced to tune into the Stanley Cup final next week. Viewers can go online to listen to an alternate commentary from Lena Sutherland and Jules Mancuso, who run WhileTheMenWatch.com. They describe their site as…

Let the Fasth vs. Quick jokes begin

The Ducks have finalized a contract with goaltender Viktor Fasth as the club announced the signing Monday after the remaining details were being worked out. It will be a one-way NHL deal, which was one of the requirements the Swedish netminder was looking for in deciding to make the move to North America. Fasth will…

CBC Dwight King feature

CBC Sports: Dwight King has Saskatchewan Hometown Abuzz Unless you have been invited to the home of Donna and Dwayne King, or the residence of their eldest son D.J., the best place in Meadow Lake, Sask., to watch a Los Angeles Kings’ game these days is at the Milltown Sports Bar on 9th Street. Meadow…

Toronto Star: Ranford debriefs Kopitar on the enemy

Ranford and Burke at the Western Conference Finals From time to time, when L.A. Kings sniper Anze Kopitar struggles, he’ll seek an opinion on how to break out of his slump from goalie coach Bill Ranford. [...] “That’s something that Darryl (Sutter, the Kings’ head coach) has asked me to do throughout the playoffs,” said…

Los Angeles Kings are not used to this company – latimes.com

The Kings have substantially rewritten their postseason record book this spring. Now, they’re poised to put a serious dent in the NHL’s record book. A victory over the Phoenix Coyotes today at Staples Center would give the Kings a berth in the Stanley Cup finals with a 12-1 record, the fewest games any finalist will…

Ah, the curse of McSorley’s Stick!

As [Coach Jacques] Demers tells it, two of his players, Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller, had noticed that McSorley’s stick had a more wicked curve than most — not an unusual practice, but an illegal one. “The two teams had their sticks in the hallway, so we saw it there and we saw it on the ice,” he told USA Today in 2006. “We told them not to say anything and we checked it out and he came back with the same kind of stick in Game 2.”

Five for Fighting postpones mid-life crisis for Kings potential cup run

“Back in the late ’90s, the record label came to me and said: ‘You know, John, nobody can pronounce Ondrasik, the days of the male singer/songwriter are over, you need a band name.’” Ondrasik recalled. “I had just come from a Kings game and Marty McSorley and the late, great Bob Probert had done their dance, and in a sarcastic moment I said: ‘Well, how about Five For Fighting?’ And they said: ‘We love it!’ I said: ‘You’re crazy . . . nobody will understand it, there ain’t five guys, it sounds like a heavy-metal band.’ [...]

The view from Glendale « LA Kings Insider

If Tippett’s intentions are pure, his statements would carry more weight if he corrected some of his players’ habits first. In Mike Smith, the Coyotes have 6 feet, 4 inches, of grown man that is often liable to tumble over in a stiff breeze.