The Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Dodgers have teamed up once again to present LA Kings Night at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 10, when the first-place Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m.
Purchase a ticket in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion and get special access to Kings mascot Bailey and the LA Kings Ice Crew. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased here and using the promo code KINGS.
LA Kings current/former players will be throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch and will be in Autograph Alley from 5:20-6:20 p.m. along with Bailey and the Ice Crew.
This event is the latest in a series of Kings-Dodgers promotions. On April 18 the Kings hosted the fourth annual Dodgers Pride Night With The Kings at STAPLES Center. On Jan. 25, 2014 the Kings will host the Ducks at Dodger Stadium as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
On August 9, 1988, the unthinkable became thinkable. It was the day when one city wept and another one awakened. When economic constraints, and the men driven mad by their shackles, could necessitate extreme sacrifice. When the seeds were planted for expansion into “non-traditional” U.S. markets for the NHL.
When every far-fetched, seemingly impossible trade imagined by a wistful fan became possible.
Because, after all, if Wayne Gretzky could be traded …
On the 25th anniversary of the Wayne Gretzky trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings, here are 99 facts, figures, opinions and fascinating moments from the deal that shocked the sports world. Part timeline, part oral history, it captures the build-up, the drama, the emotions and the aftermath of a trade that still has ripples in 2013.
Here are the 99 most fascinating things about the Wayne Gretzky Trade…
Material here is from various sources around the web, in print and from works like Stephen Brunt's "Gretzky's Tears" and the ESPN documentary "Kings Ransom."
1. On Aug. 9, 1988, Gretzky was traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings with forward Mike Krushelnyski and defenseman Marty McSorley for center Jimmy Carson, forward Martin Gelinas, Los Angeles’ first-round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993 as well as straight cash, homey.
2. The negotiating rights to unsigned defensemen John Miner of the Oilers and the Kings ‘ Craig Redmond were also swapped.
3. Overshadowed on Aug. 9, 1988: The first official night game at Wrigley Field. In a shocking twist, the Cubs won.
4. The cash was $15 million; adjusted for inflation, it would have been between $28-30 million in 2012.
5. According to Kings owner Bruce McNall, the $15 million was requested by Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and was the de facto centerpiece of the Gretzky Trade. “He said, ‘I want $15 million U.S. cash, and I need some players to make it look like a trade,’” according to McNall. [Brunt]
7. The 1991 pick was used on Martin Rucinsky, who played two games for Edmonton before being traded to Quebec in 1992 for Ron Tugnutt and Brad Zavisha. He went on to play 961 NHLgames and won gold for the Czechs in the 1998 Nagano Games.
8. The 1993 pick was used on defenseman Nick Stajduhar, who played two games in the NHL with the Oilers in 1995-96. He's most famous for suffering a concussion in a bar fight during his AHL days in an incident that derailed his career. OK, make that "infamous."
9. Martin Gelinas played five seasons for Edmonton before being traded to Quebec I 1993 for Scott Pearson. Of course, his NHL legacy is with that other team in Alberta.
10. Gelinas was at lunch during a break from his hockey school in Shawinigan, Que., when a stranger approached him and told him that he had been traded for Wayne Gretzky. Gelinas laughed, thinking it was a joke.
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will open the 82-game 2013-14 NHL regular season on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Minnesota. The Kings Home Opener at STAPLES Center is set for Monday, Oct. 7 vs. the New York Rangers. Among other schedule highlights is the Kings-Ducks outdoor game at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
Of the 82 regular season games, 29 will be played in the Kings’ own division (Pacific Division), 21 will be played in the other Western Conference division (Central Division) and 16 will be played against Eastern Conference teams (Metropolitan Division and Atlantic Division).
In the Pacific Division, the Kings will play Anaheim, Calgary, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver five times and Edmonton four times. In the Central Division, the Kings will play Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg three times each. The Kings will play all Eastern Conference teams twice.
The longest homestand of the season is five games (Jan. 4 to Jan. 13 and March 13 to March 22). The longest road trip of the season is five games (Jan. 16 to Jan. 23).
The Kings are also slated to play 14 sets of back-to-backs (Oct. 3-4, Oct. 29-30, Nov. 14-15, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 10-11, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 30-31, Jan. 20-21, Jan. 27-28, Feb. 26-27, March 9-10, March 24-25, April 2-3 and April 9-10). The NHL will break from the 2013-14 regular season schedule on Feb. 9 and return to play Feb. 26 to allow for participation in the Winter Olympic Games.
Last season the Kings sold out STAPLES Center all 24 regular season home dates – and all nine postseason home dates – in what was a record-setting year at the Box Office. The Kings’ average attendance in the regular season in 2012-13 was a club record 18,179. Dating back to 2011-12, the Kings have sold out 50 straight regular season home games. Including playoffs, that streak is 68 consecutive home games. For all Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA (1-888-54647-52) and visit LAKings.com.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings signed team captain and forward Dustin Brown to an eight-year contract extension on Thursday.
The deal is reportedly worth $47 million. Combined with the final year on his current deal, Brown will be with the Kings through the 2021-22 season.
Brown, 28, posted 18 goals and 11 assists in 46 games last season. In 18 postseason appearances, he had three goals and one assist but the Kings lost in five games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals.
He has played his entire nine-year NHL career with Los Angeles and helped lead the team to its first Stanley Cup in 2012. He became the franchise's youngest and first American-born team captain when he was named in October 2008.
Selected by Los Angeles with the 13th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Brown has 181 goals and 207 assists in 641 games played. Among franchise leaders, he ranks eighth in games played, 10th in goals and 12th in points.
An All-Star in 2009, Brown is also known for registering hits. From 2006-07 to 2011-12, he ranked in the top three in the league in hits each season. He finished eighth in hits last year.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings today announced their preseason schedule for the 2013-14 NHL season. The Kings are currently scheduled to play seven preseason games -- including two at STAPLES Center on September 15 versus the Phoenix Coyotes and September 24 versus the Anaheim Ducks.
In addition to the two home games at STAPLES Center, the Kings will “host” the New York Rangers (September 27) and the Colorado Avalanche (September 28) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Kings play at Phoenix on September 15 (as part of a split-squad game), at Anaheim on September 17 and at Colorado on September 20.
Tickets for the two Kings preseason games at STAPLES Center are scheduled to go on sale later this summer. Tickets are currently on sale for the games in Las Vegas.
For all Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA (1-888-54647-52)
The Kings and the NHL will release the 2013-14 regular season schedule at a later time (as early as today).
Day Date Opponent City Venue Time (PT)
Sun. Sept. 15 - Coyotes Phoenix Jobing.com Arena 7 p.m. (split squad)
Sun. Sept. 15 - Coyotes Los Angeles STAPLES Center 7:30 p.m. (split squad)
Tue. Sept. 17 - Ducks Anaheim Honda Center 7 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 20 - Avalanche Denver Pepsi Center 6 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 24 - Ducks Los Angeles STAPLES Center 7:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks, who beat the Kings in the Western Conference finals on their way to the Stanley Cup title, received a conditional selection in the 2015 draft.
The 28-year-old Carcillo had two goals and an assist in 23 games this season with Chicago. He had one assist in four playoff games.
Carcillo, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2003 draft, has 40 goals and 47 assists in 333 games over seven seasons with Phoenix, Philadelphia and Chicago.
Also Tuesday, the Blackhawks announced they had reached a one-year deal with defenseman Ryan Stanton. He played in one game with Chicago last season.
NHL.COM: The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll suffered a seizure in his home Wednesday morning and was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be released later Wednesday after having a battery of tests run on him.
"Everything is OK," Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the Times. "They've run some tests and they still had another one to run. The bottom line is that he's fine. Now the issue is what caused it. There are a myriad of things that can cause them."
Stoll, who lives in Hermosa Beach, Calif., missed six games in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a concussion he sustained on a hit by San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. He returned for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against theChicago Blackhawks and played all five games in that series.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens and a second-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
Frattin had seven goals and six assists in 25 games for the Maple Leafs this past season. He tallied two assists in six playoffs games.
In 82 career NHL games with Toronto, Frattin has 15 goals and 13 assists.
"Matt is a power forward. He's got speed, he's a real powerful body, he's got good hands, he can score goals," Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall said. "He's a gritty player, a playoff-type player."
Scrivens played in 20 games with the Maple Leafs in 2012-13, posting a 7-9-0 record with two shutouts and a 2.69 GAA. He also played in 22 games for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this past season.
The 26-year-old Scrivens appeared in 12 games for the Maple Leafs during his rookie season in 2011-12, recording a 4-5-2 record.
"[Scrivens] was a backup there, he's got real good numbers, he's a talented guy, but I think the biggest thing about him is he's a battler," Hextall said. "He fights through, he works hard, he competes, and we feel that with Jonathan Quick he'll be a nice complement."
Bernier posted a 9-3-1 record and a 1.88 GAA in 14 games for the Kings this past season. He played in one playoff game.
Originally a first-round pick of Los Angeles in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Bernier has registered a 29-20-6 career record with six shutouts and a 2.36 GAA in 62 games with the Kings.
"It's kind of bittersweet for us," Hextall said. "Jon's been with us a long time, he's been a great solider for us, he's been a very good player for us. Unfortunately, he's stuck behind Jonathan Quick, which is a tough situation for Jon. As a sense of fairness to him and the timing we felt was best for the organization, we made the move. We wish Jon the best and thank him for everything he's done for us."
The second-round draft pick acquired by the Kings as part of Sunday's trade will be in 2014 or 2015 (Toronto's option).
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Slava Voynov have agreed to terms on a new six-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Voynov, 23, shared the Kings postseason leadership in both goals (six) and total points (13), and he also co-led the Kings in plus-minus rating (plus-9) while appearing in all 18 postseason games for the Kings during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 6-0, 190-pounder from Chelyabinsk, Russia also established new Kings playoff records for most goals scored by a defenseman in one playoff year (six), and most game-winning goals scored in one playoff year (four), while finishing third on the team in average time-on-ice per playoff game (21:54).
Voynov skated in all 48 games with the Kings during the 2012-13 regular season, totaling new career highs for points (25) and assists (19), and two of Voynov’s six regular season goals served as game-winners (tied for sixth among NHL defensemen). He also hit a career milestone by appearing in his 100th career NHL regular season game at Minnesota on April 23.
Voynov recorded 20 points (8-12=20), a plus-12 rating and 12 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Kings during the 2011-12 regular season, his rookie season with the club. He also added another three points (1-2=3) and four penalty minutes in 20 postseason games with the Kings during their successful run to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship. Voynov was recalled from the Kings minor league affiliate – the Manchester Monarchs – three times during the 2011-12 season.
As a rookie blue-liner, Voynov tied for first in goals (eight), tied for seventh in assists (12), finished third in points (20) and tied for first in plus-minus rating (plus-12) during the 2011-12 regular season. He made his NHL/Kings debut vs. St. Louis on Oct. 18, 2011, and he recorded his first three NHL points and his first NHL goal (2-1=3) at Dallas on Oct. 27, 2011. Voynov scored his first career playoff goal at St. Louis on April 28, 2012.
Voynov played three full seasons in Manchester before making the jump to the NHL during the 2011-12 season. While in Manchester, he was named to the 2010-11 AHL Second-Team All-Star squad and to the 2011 and 2010 AHL All-Star Teams.
Voynov has also played for Team Russia at the World Junior Championships in 2009 (bronze medal, alternate captain), 2008 (bronze medal) and 2007 (silver medal), and at the World U18 Championships in 2008 (silver medal) and 2007 (gold medal).
Voynov, who was selected in the second-round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has 45 points (14-31=45), 26 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating in 102 career NHL games – all with the Kings. Additionally, he has 16 points (7-9=16), four penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 38 career playoff games – all with the Kings.