LA Kings Season In Review – How Did We Get Here?
The LA Kings are in the playoffs for the fifth straight season thanks to several outstanding performances during the 2013-14 regular season.
- The Kings tied a club record with an 11-game point streak, going 7-0-4 from Nov. 7 – Nov. 27.
- The Kings allowed two or fewer goals in 18 straight games (not counting shootout goals) from Nov. 7 – Dec. 14 (club record) and the team didn’t allow a first period goal in 18 straight games Nov. 7 – Dec. 14 (NHL record).
- The Kings club record streak of consecutive sellouts at STAPLES Center reached 100 games on March 13 (the streak, that includes regular season and playoff games, started on Dec. 3, 2011 and stands at 108 entering action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.).
- The Kings/Jonathan Quick earned the Jennings Trophy which is awarded annually by the NHL to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Winners are selected based on regular-season play." It is the first time the Kings have won that award.
- The Kings stamped their playoff ticket for the fifth consecutive year thanks to a season-best eight-game winning streak, with seven of the wins coming after the Olympic break.
- Jonathan Quick became the franchise’s all-time wins leader on March 22 when he passed former Kings legend Rogie Vachon with his 172nd career win.
- Anze Kopitar, who led the Kings in scoring for the seventh consecutive season, scored his 500th career point on Nov. 30 vs. Calgary.
- Robyn Regehr appeared in his 1,000th regular season game on Feb. 1 vs. PHI.
- Justin Williams registered his 500th career point on Oct. 13 at FLA.
- Martin Jones went 8-0-0 with a 0.98 GAA, a .966 spct and three shutouts in his first eight NHL games of his career, tying an NHL record for consecutive winning games to start a career.
Martin Jones made the most of his NHL debut, stopping all nine of the shootout attempts he faced while leading the Kings to a 3-2 shootout win at ANA on Dec. 3.
- Tanner Pearson recorded his first NHL goal and point at NYI on Nov. 14 as the Kings rallied for three goals in the third to beat the Islanders. The rookie was selected by the Kings in the first round (30th overall) in 2012.
- Darryl Sutter recorded his 500th career regular season win on March 22 versus Washington.
- Darryl Sutter recorded his 1,000th game coached on Jan. 4 vs. VAN.
Gaborik added at the trade deadline:
The Kings are hoping history repeats itself after adding three-time 40-goal scorer Marian Gaborik at the trade deadline. Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi made the move to bolster the team’s scoring depth on the left wing. The Kings sent Matt Frattin and two draft selections to Columbus as part of the deal. A 6-1, 204-pound native of Trencin, Slovakia, Gaborik was an All-Star in 2012, 2008 and 2003 (named All-Star MVP in 2012). He has scored at least 40 goals on three occasions and he has scored at least 30 goals four other times. At the 2012 trade deadline, Lombardi added scoring depth with the acquisition of Jeff Carter. That move paid off just a few months later as Carter and his Kings teammates won the Stanley Cup for the first time in Kings history on June 11, 2012. With the Kings in the regular season, Gaborik had 16 points in 19 games.
Carter, Doughty grab gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi:
Jeff Carter (6gp, 3-2=5; plus-6) and Drew Doughty (6gp, 4-2=6; plus-4) both grabbed Olympic gold at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February. Canada went undefeated in the tournament and earned its second consecutive gold by beating Sweden 3-0 at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Feb. 23. It was also a second consecutive gold medal for Doughty individually, who previously starred for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Doughty was named to the all-tournament team, and he ranked among the tournament’s best with four goals and six points. In addition to Doughty and Carter, the Kings were also represented on Team Canada by Darren Granger, the Kings Equipment Manager who served a similar role for the Canadians during the tournament.
- Team USA featured two Kings: Jonathan Quick (5gp, 3-2-0, .923 Save %, 2.17 GAA) and Dustin Brown (6gp, 2-1=3; plus-2). The Americans had a strong tournament but lost to Canada in the semifinal round and Finland in the bronze medal game. Lombardi was part of the player selection committee.
- Anze Kopitar (5gp, 2-1=3; plus-4) and his native Slovenia both made Olympic debuts. Kopitar, coached by his dad, Matjaz Kopitar, helped lead the underdog Slovenians to two Olympic wins (vs. Slovakia and Austria) before they lost to Sweden in the quarterfinal round.
Slava Voynov (5gp, 0-0=0; plus-2) made his Olympic debut while skating for the host country, Team Russia. Voynov and the Russians were eliminated by Finland in the quarterfinal round.
Wells, Murphy and Fox honored on LA Kings Legends Night presented by McDonalds:
Jay Wells, Larry Murphy and Jim Fox all were honored during the 2013-14 season as part of LA Kings Legends Night, presented by McDonald’s. The Kings donned their special vintage purple and gold jerseys as part of festivities on all three nights, and Kings fans in attendance also received bobble heads of Fox and Murphy on Mar. 13 and Dec. 7 respectively, and bobble fists of Wells on Oct. 27.
- Jim Fox is ninth on the Kings all-time scoring list, ninth in assists and 11th in goals with 479 points (186-293=479) in 578 games. A winger, he spent his entire 10-year career as a member of the Kings after being selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.
Since retiring as a player Fox, of course, has enjoyed a successful broadcasting career with the Kings. He is currently is in his 24th season as the Kings Television Color Commentator, joining Bob Miller in the booth for club broadcasts on FOX Sports West.
- Murphy played with the Kings from 1980-83. In 242 games with the club he recorded 207 points including 52 goals. Among club defensemen all-time he ranks seventh in points, goals and assists.
- Wells played in 604 regular season games for the Kings from 1979-88 after being selected by the Kings in the first round (16th overall) of the 1979 NHL Draft. He ranks fourth on the team’s all-time list for games played by a defenseman and third all-time (second among defensemen) in penalty minutes with 1,446.
Historic Dodger Stadium hosts Kings-Ducks rivalry as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series
You can’t play outdoor hockey in southern California, can you? Did that really happen? It certainly did as the Kings and the Ducks made hockey history by playing outdoors at Dodger Stadium in front of 54,099 rabid hockey fans on Jan. 25. The nationally televised game featured both teams in special Stadium Jerseys (gray for the Kings and orange for the Ducks), the USC Trojans marching band, Vin Scully, Wayne Gretzky and the rock band KISS. Game time temp for the opening face-off was 62 degrees. “Hollywood could not have scripted a more magical launch to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and this historic weekend for the National Hockey League,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. The Kings-Ducks outdoor game was one of six played in the NHL during the 2013-14 season.
Former King standouts – and current club executives – Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake recently were named to prominent hockey posts. Robitaille is among the HHOF's new appointments to the Selection Committee. Blake was named general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be held in May in Minsk.
In addition, Kings COO Kelly Cheeseman was named to Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list -- he was recognized during an event in March in Dana Point – and the Kings / FOX Sports West in January were presented with the following three awards as part of this year’s Southern California Sports Broadcasters (SCSB) luncheon:
-- Bob Miller, who last year won the award for TV Play-By-Play for the ninth time, received the organization’s SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
-- Jim Fox, who recently had won three consecutive TV Analyst awards and was not eligible in that category last year, won the TV ANALYST award again.
-- Patrick O’Neal won the TV PRE/ POST GAME award for Kings Live.
And The Winner Is…2013-14 LA KINGS AWARD WINNERS:
Most Valuable Player (Presented by McDonald’s - Anze Kopitar
Best Newcomer - Martin Jones
Outstanding Defenseman - Drew Doughty
Defensive Player - Anze Kopitar
Most Inspirational Player - Matt Greene
Unsung Hero - Trevor Lewis
Community Service - Jonathan Quick
Most Popular Player - Drew Doughty
The Kings again this year presented the McDonald’s Player of the Month award. This year’s winners were as follows: October: Anze Kopitar, November: Ben Scrivens, December: Martin Jones, January: Jonathan Quick, February: Anze Kopitar, March: Jonathan Quick. The McDonald’s Player of the Year award goes to Anze Kopitar.
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS WERE NOMINATED FOR NHL AWARDS:
Willie Mitchell for Masterton Memorial Trophy
Jarret Stoll for King Clancy Memorial Trophy
LA Kings Hockey Fest ’14 presented by Pizza Hut, the Kings’ annual festival celebrating the game of hockey, will take place on Sunday, September 14, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. This year’s Hockey Fest will also include several other events to kick-off the 2014-15 season, including the club’s annual 5K Run and Golf Tournament. Hockey Fest at the Toyota Sports Center will serve as the official start to the season and will feature Kings’ players, coaches, management and alumni interacting with fans through both popular Q&A’s and other events.
The Kings encourage fans to arrive early to STAPLES Center for all playoff home games – Tuesday is a 7 p.m. start and Thursday is a 7:30 p.m. start Full schedule here:
Tue, April 22 Game 3: Kings vs. San Jose 7 p.m. Prime Ticket
Thurs, April 24 Game 4: Kings vs. San Jose 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports West
Sat, April 26 Game 5: Kings at San Jose* TBD FOX Sports West
Mon, April 28 Game 6: Kings vs. San Jose* TBD Prime Ticket
Wed, April 30 Game 7: Kings at San Jose* TBD Prime Ticket
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The LA Kings are proud to announce 5 Playoff Presenting Partners: McDonald’s (Regular Season Presenting Partner), TOYOTA, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, Mercury Insurance Company and Travel Alberta. Along with McDonald’s, all were season-long partners and will add to their playoff presence with this commitment. Elements of the presenting partnerships include tags in all Kings marketing efforts, increased in-arena exposure, logos on all in-arena giveaways, and a significant on-line presence.