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Anze Kopitar Voted a Selke Trophy Finalist

April 22nd, 2015 at 8:21 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Frank J. Selke Trophy. The trophy is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

All three were finalists last year. This marks the first time in 18 years that the same trio has swept finalist berths for a trophy in consecutive seasons.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season. The top three vote-getters are the finalists.

The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Kopitar is also nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

Per the NHL:

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

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Anze Kopitar 2014-15 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalist

April 21st, 2015 at 5:46 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Forwards Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings, Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, and Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The trophy is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the end of the 2014-15vregular season, and the top three vote-getters are the finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Anze Kopitar: 79 GP, 16-48=64, -2, 10 PIM
Jiri Hudler: 78 GP, 31-45=76, +17, 14 PIM
Pavel Datsyuk: 63 GP, 26-39=65, +12, 8 PIM

Kings to have previously won the Lady Byng Trophy were Marcel Dionne (1977), Butch Goring (1978) and Wayne Gretzky (1991, 1992, 1994). Kopitar, who has never been nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy, was a Selke finalist last season.

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Details Emerge from Jarret Stoll’s Arrest

April 21st, 2015 at 1:59 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll admitted to possession of cocaine when arrested Friday in Las Vegas, according to a copy of the arrest report obtained by the LA Times.

According to the arrest report, Stoll entered the Wet Republic Pool area in the MGM Grand hotel and consented to a voluntary pat down by security. A security guard found an off-white powder in two pink plastic baggies and a clear plastic baggie containing numerous gel capsules. The bags were found in the back pocket of Stoll’s swim trunks.

Per the report, a Las Vegas police detective tested the powder on-site and it tested positive for cocaine. When given his rights, the detective asked Stoll if the powder in the baggie was cocaine and Stoll said, “Yes.”

Police allege that Stoll possessed the off-white powder, cocaine, weighing 3.3 grams, according to the report and the gel-caps, illegal narcotic MDMA [Ecstasy] or street term “Molly”, weighing 8.1 grams.

“The office is awaiting the results of toxicology reports on the alleged narcotics and we will likely not have those results for several weeks,” Tess Driver, the district attorney’s executive assistant, wrote in an email to the LA Times. “Formal charges … will not be filed until we receive those results and are able to fully review the case.”

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Manchester Monarchs Calder Cup Playoffs Schedule

April 20th, 2015 at 6:40 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, will welcome the eighth-seeded Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes) to the Verizon Wireless Center on Thursday to open the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Monarchs finished the season with an AHL-best 50-17-6-3 record and claiming the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as regular season league champions.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)

Manchester Monarchs vs. 8-Portland Pirates

Game 1 – Thursday, Apr. 23 – Portland at Manchester, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, Apr. 25 – Portland at Manchester, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, April 26 – Manchester at Portland, 5:00 p.m.
*Game 4 – Thursday, April 30 – Manchester at Portland, 7:00 p.m.
*Game 5 – Saturday, May 2 – Portland at Manchester, 7:00 p.m.
*if necessary

Hershey (Washington Capitals) faces Worcester (San Jose Sharks), Hartford (New York Rangers) face Providence (Boston Bruins) and Wilkes Barre-Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins) faces Syracuse (Tampa Bay Lightning) across the Eastern Conference playoff landscape.

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Nick Shore Has Been Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs

April 20th, 2015 at 5:20 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings announced Sunday that Nick Shore has been assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Shore was recalled in early January when Tanner Pearson was placed on injured reserve and mostly centered the Kings fourth line.

He appeared in his first NHL game on January 17 and recorded his first NHL goal on March 26 against the New York Islanders.

Shore totaled seven points seven points (1G-6A)in 34 games with Kings this season and 42 points (20G-22A) in 38 games with the Monarchs.

Selected in the third-round (82nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings. He wore No. 37.

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