Tag Archive for Vancouver Canucks

April 5, 1947: L.A. won its first pro hockey title…or did they?

The Pacific Coast Hockey League existed off and on from 1928 to 1952, and the last incarnation — 1944-1952 — featured the Los Angeles Monarchs, Hollywood Wolves, Pasadena Panthers, San Diego Skyhawks, Fresno Falcons, Oakland Oaks and San Francisco Shamrocks, among twenty teams in California, Oregon, Washington and Western Canada (including an incarnation of the…

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.’ […]

How did these Kings get here in the first place?

None of the eleven players mentioned were undrafted UFA signings, although Lombardi has gone that route several times, most notably with Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell (since departed), Martin Jones, Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske.

Here’s how the current Kings got here, in order of arrival:

Ducks Fan Thinks Kings Fans are…wait for it…

People from Anaheim are not allowed to make fun of the Valley. I’m sure you’re aware that Anaheim is technically a part of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. You’re a suburb. You’re the Valley but farther away. I’m not sure, but I think you might be the Valley, to the Valley.

Does Dwight King deserve a suspension for boarding Pietrangelo?

As I’m writing this, I’m watching the live #LAKings Twitter feed scroll by on the right margin of this site, and with each passing tweet the over-blown outrageous blood-lust of Blues fans is pissing me off more and more. “Let’s take out Brown. **** it.” “All the good the league did by suspending Torres is undone by not suspending King.” “Immediately disqualify cheap shot artist King.” Etc.

From the vault: Ken Hitchcock, Crime-Fighter

Hitchcock, who vacations in Kelowna, was sitting in a parked car and sprung to action when he saw the struggle. Hitchcock pinned the shoplifter against a window. The motorcyclist grabbed the teen’s arm, but he broke away. Hitchcock straight-armed him against the window as he struggled.

Gillis reveals teams “showcase” players for trades

Over the last few years, I have witnessed several bloggy debates about whether teams really showcase players in an attempt to spark a trade. When a player’s ice time suddenly increases, there’s usually someone out there who will shout “showcase!”, and this is sometimes met with snarky dismissiveness by team representatives and/or journalists. If you…