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Los Angeles Kings, Tanner Pearson: How He Got to the Stanley Cup

August 5th, 2014 at 12:36 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Here is a look at Tanner Pearson’s career, and how he got to the Stanley Cup in his first NHL season.

Pearson is a 21-year old native of Kitchener, ON, Canada.

He started playing for the Kitchener Dutchmen-ON-Jr.B for the 2007-08 season. From 2008 to 2010 he played for the Waterloo Siskins-ON-Jr.B. Fromm 2010 to 2012 Pearson played for the Barrie Colts-OHL. For the 2011-12 season he played for Canada-WJC-A.

He played for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was a part of the bronze medal winning team. He was also the OHL Second Team All-Star in the 2011-12 season and the Subway Super Series – Team OHL in 2011.

Pearson was drafted 30th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

In the 2012-13 season he played for the Kings affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs-AHL recording 47 points in 64 games in the regular season, a plus-17 rating, 14 penalty minutes, and five power play goals. During four playoff contest with the Monarchs, he recorded an assists and four penalty minutes.

Pearson joined the Kings roster on and off for the 2013-14 season. In 25 regular season games he recorded three goals, four assists, a plus-2 rating, eight penalty minutes, and a game winning goal.

In helping the Kings reach their second Stanley Cup in franchise history, Pearson was part of the crucial, “That 70’s Line” including Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter. That line was on fire and one making things happen during the playoffs. Pearson’s speed shined through. His speed and talent combined with Toffoli’s shots, and Carters veteran experience was crucial to the Kings success. In 24 playoff contests, Pearson recorded four goals and eight assists, a plsu-10 rating, and eight penalty minutes.

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