The Royal Half Gameday: Toronto Maple

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 12:48 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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KINGS POINTS LEADER vs INJURED JOHN TAVARES UPDATE:

 

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The LA Kings defeated Calgary 3-2 and swept their way through Canada (much like myself and PumperNicholl did). They are now the proud owners of an 8 game winning streak. And you might want to find a way to get to Staples Center tonight because there is a bunch of history about to go down. Tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Kings will look to tie their franchise-best 9 game streak set in 2010. And there is another franchise-best mark that can be tied tonight as well.

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Jon Quick can tie Rogie Vachon for career wins as a Los Angeles King with a victory tonight over the Leafs. Jon Quick could establish his feat in 323 games while it took Rogie Vachon 389 games. We predicted this day would come in 2011... and it would have been sooner had the NHL not locked out last season. Or had the team played better before the Olympic break.

And yet one more milestone could be achieved tonight...

LA Kings Insider, Jon Rosen, sat down with Darryl Sutter to look back at his career and to talk about his cattle farm.

Raising and selling cattle takes up a significant portion of the work assigned at the family farm, and the Kings coach estimated that since Valentine’s Day, roughly 190 calves had been born.

“There were lots running around there now,” Sutter said. “[Saturday] it was nice seeing it because they run around out in the sun. You guys know how cold it’s been. Get a little sun, and they were all ripping around. It was good to see the newborns.”

“They’re just like babies when you were a baby,” he explained to reporters on Monday. “It takes ‘em nine months to be born, and then they’re born, and then their mum licks ‘em off instead of the doctor wiping them off, and then they get up and have some milk, and hopefully they stay with their moms for about seven months.”

Here is the video of that interview between Jon Rosen and Darryl Sutter:

Finally, one of the coolest milestones in LA Kings history will be achieved tonight... no matter what.

For fans like myself that have sat through a lot of years of an empty building, this could be the most emotional milestone of all.

 

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Well, all the rage these days is to take someone named Jimmy and put him on TV late at night... so tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs (who were lambasted by the Sharks on Tuesday) the LA Kings are keeping up with the trend!

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IT'S JIM FOX LEGENDS NIGHT, Y'ALL!!!

Some of our earliest memories as a LA Kings fan have been the sights and sounds of #19, Jim Fox. A player for the Kings for all 10 of his seasons in the NHL, Jim Fox has also been the team's TV broadcast color commentator since he retired from multiple knee injuries that kept him from playing. And don't you forget... Jim Fox was a goal scorer.

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Jim Fox is known throughout the league as one of the most honest and accurate color analysts. And he's beloved by LA Kings fans for his enthusiasm... and his catchphrase:

So tonight... we here at The Royal Half are going to honor Jim Fox the only way we know how... with a bunch of vintage videos curated by Spike Coffman, who is The Royal Half's LA Kings Video Historian. First stop... is October 15th, 1981.

"Jimmy" Fox scores against fellow NHL analyst, Chico Resch.

March 15th, 1982 against the Edmonton Oilers...

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This was literally the best thing on the USA Network until White Collar.

October 29th, 1983 against the Toronto Maple Leafs...

This isn't the 1st time Jim Fox has partied on St. Croix.

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November 3rd, 1983 against the Philadelphia Flyers...

I kinda still wish Bob Miller called him "Jimmy."

March 29th, 1986 against something called the Quebec Nordiques...

Wow! Did you see that?!?

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Of course I mean that giant patch on the goalie's shoulder. The goal was nice too.

I miss the days when "Funiculi Funicula" was the LA Kings goal song.

December 8th, 1986 against the New York Islanders...

To be fair... this is when it was hard to score against the Islanders.

January 21st, 1987 against the Pittsburgh Penguins...

I'm pretty sure Corky Romano was a better goalie than Roberto Romano.

December 1st, 1987 against the (original) Winnipeg Jets...

The most rare part of this video is that it's a hockey game on ESPN.

February 13th, 1988 against the Pittsburgh Penguins...

Not the first time a LA King has taken out a Pietrangelo.

Sure Jim Fox could score goals... but he's also a complete NHL player.

I can't believe they stole the Metroid NES soundtrack for this segment.

And Jim Fox wasn't just a success on the ice...

After his retirement, Jim Fox became part of the LA Kings broadcast crew. And Spike found footage of Jim Fox's 10th ever game doing color for the Kings.

After nearly 34 years with the LA Kings organization... I think we all remember Jim Fox's greatest contribution to the sport of hockey:

Broadcasting Roller Hockey International games!!!

Tonight, the LA Kings and their fans honor Jim Fox with the ultimate sign of respect amongst the sporting community...

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And it's amazingly lifelike!

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Congrats to Jim on 34 years with the LA Kings... and here's to 34 more!!!

 

As created by Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men Podcast... The Moulson Index™ highlights an opposing player from tonights game who has the opportunity to score against his former employer, the LA Kings.

Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:

JONATHAN BERNIER, GOALTENDER

In 1 games versus the LA Kings, Jon Bernier has 0 WINS

TIM GLEASON, DEFENSE

In 5 games versus the LA Kings, Tim Gleason has 0 POINTS

 

THE ROYAL HALF KINGS WEEKLY PREVIEW OF THE DAY

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I don't think it's hyperbole when I say this could be the best episode of Kings Weekly ever.

 

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The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf