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The Manchester Monarchs Win Game 1 in the Playoffs, 5-2

April 25th, 2015 at 12:47 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, welcomed the eighth-seeded Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes) to the Verizon Wireless Center on Thursday to open the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. They won Game 1,5-2.

“It wasn’t a great game on either side,” said Monarchs coach Mike Stothers to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I think you can expect both teams to play better. I think there was a little bit of a feeling out process. Playoffs are the start of a new season and we have played each other a lot…I think both teams will play better on Saturday, I really do.”

Jordan Weal and Brian O’Neill scored two goals each, and Vincent LoVerde scored the fifth goal for the Monarchs victory.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)
Manchester Monarchs vs. 8-Portland Pirates

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

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Six Members of the Los Angeles Kings Recognized

April 25th, 2015 at 12:29 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Six members of the Los Angeles Kings and AEG, have been included in the Los Angeles News Group first ever list of the most powerful owners, executives, athletes, agents, and institutions in Los Angeles’ sports scene.

2. Philip Anschutz, Chairman, Anschutz Entertainment Group

“The world’s largest owner of sports teams and sporting events owns the reigning NHL and MLS champions, the L.A. Kings and L.A. Galaxy, in addition to a third of the Lakers. Staples Center and StubHub Center are two of 125 sports and music venues worldwide controlled by AEG.”

15. Dan Beckerman, President and CEO AEG

“The president and CEO of AEG is the face of the company that owns the Galaxy, the Kings, Staples Center and StubHub Center, to name a few of AEG’s hundreds of properties around the world.”

31. Dean Lombardi, Kings President and G.M.

“Now in his ninth year with the Kings organization, the general manager built the first two championships teams in franchise history largely through the draft, putting his fingerprints all over the two Stanley Cups and setting up the Kings for potential success for years to come.”

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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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