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Mathieu Schneider to Be Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

August 3rd, 2015 at 2:56 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Chris Drury, Mathieu Schneider, Angela Ruggiero and Ron DeGregorio will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced on Monday.

The 43rd U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame enshrinement dinner and ceremony will be held in Boston on December 17.

Schneider spent 20 seasons as an NHL defenseman with 10 teams: the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Atlanta Thrashers, Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes. He won the Stanley Cup playing against the Kings with the Canadiens in 1993.

“We’re all extremely privileged to be a part of USA Hockey and this is one of the greatest days of my career,” Schneider said. “I appreciate everything I’ve been able to achieve through the help and support of USA Hockey. Timing is everything. I feel fortunate to have been able to play with a tremendous group of players.”

A native of New York City, Schneider serves as a special assistant to the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association.

In 1, 289 games, Schneider recorded 223 goals, 520 assists and 743 points. He had 12 goals and 54 points in 116 playoff games. His 36 game-winning goals rank 11th among defensemen.

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Mike Richards’ Future in Hockey Remains Unclear

August 1st, 2015 at 5:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

One June 29 the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards. As of now no charges have been laid and the National Hockey League’s Players’ Association has yet to make a decision on whether to file a grievance on the matter.

Sgt. Bert Paquet, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba, said to TSN.com on Thursday there is “still an active investigation” into Richards.

According to a Winnipeg Sun report from June 30, Richards is “under investigation for alleged possession of a restricted substance while attempting to cross the Canada-U.S. border." The Sun reported that on June 17 a man was “held in custody … for at least four hours after allegedly trying to import prescription painkiller OxyContin (Oxycodone).”

“There is no guarantee charges will be laid,” Paquet said. “There has been a lot of interest in this case. If charges were laid, we would likely announce the information publicly.”

Paquet said there is a statute of limitations for pursuing charges against Richards, no precise timing.

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Los Angeles Kings Players Attend Charity Ping Pong Tournament

July 31st, 2015 at 3:02 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Athletes and coaches from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kings and Clippers took part in Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw’s 3rd Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose, “Kershaw’s Challenge,” at Dodgers Stadium Thursday night.

The event, “benefits the Dream Center in downtown Los Angeles and the CURE Hospital for kids in the Dominican Republic. The overarching goal is to transform at-risk communities and the lives of children.”

“Kershaw’s Challenge,” works to encourage people to give back to those in need. Last year the event raised over $250K.

The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Kershaw.

Fellow Dodgers taking part in the event included Scott Van Slyke, Orel Hershiser, Howie Kendrick, Justin Turner, rookie star Joc Pederson, Zack Greinke, Jimmy Rollins, A.J. Ellis, Don Mattingly, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, and Brett Anderson.

Kings players who participated included, Brayden McNabb, Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli.

“I enjoy doing these things,” he said to lakingsinsider.com earlier this week. “I think this season I talked to Jen (Senior Director of Community Relations Jennifer Pope) at the start of the year and said I wanted to step up and be able to do these things, and I enjoy them. I think she knows that she can ask me and I’ll pretty well do everything. I think it’s good to give back to the community and help out as much as I can.”

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Los Angeles Kings’ Slava Voynov Serving Sentence in Seal Beach Jail

July 29th, 2015 at 8:32 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

After pleading no contest on July 2 to one misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse in the Torrance Superior Court, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was sentenced to 90-days in jail which Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eric C. Taylor allowed Voynov to serve at count jail or any police facility.

Voynov is now serving his domestic violence sentence at the 30-bed Seal Beach Detention Center.

Seal Beach police refused to confirm that Voynov was there but California law requires such information to be public, therefore they have now confirmed to the LA Times that Voynov is paying $100 a day to serve his sentence in the police facility of the Orange County seaside community. He began serving his sentence on July 7.

Bedding and uniforms are provided. He's allowed to bring a number of personal items, including an inexpensive watch, five photographs and up to $100 in cash for purchases from the commissary, per the LA Times.

The jail first became noteworthy in 2013 when it began offering convicted criminals the opportunity to pay for upgraded jail experience.

Voynov’s lawyers previously denied information on where Voynov was serving his time for his safety.

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Gasper Kopitar Signs with the Manchester Monarchs

July 29th, 2015 at 12:36 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Manchester Monarchs announced Monday that they have signed Dennis Brown, Matt White, Gasper Kopitar and Troy Power for the 2015-16 season, the Monarchs inaugural season in the ECHL and 15th season in Manchester.

Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar’s younger brother by five years, Gasper Kopitar tallied 25 points (11G-14A) in 41 games with the Ontario Reign (ECHL) last season and recorded two assists in 19 games during in the 2014-15 ECHL playoffs.

The 6’0” 194-pound forward, played 12 games in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, two years in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers, and two seasons with Mora IK in Sweden before signing with Ontario for the 2013-14 season.

The native of Jesenice, Slovenia, has 45 career points in the ECHL, rescoding 19 goals and 26 assists.

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