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Derek Armstrong
Director, Hockey Programming and Curriculum

Armstrong played in the NHL for 12 years with five different clubs, and also spent a season in the Swiss Elite A League during the lockout.

He was the Head Coach, GM and President of the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL, where he led the team to the finals, won coach of the year, and placed 22 of his players in the AHL.

His commitment to developing players and helping them reach their full potential is his priority. Derek has strong leadership skills and a passion for the game that is contagious and undeniable.

Kyle Calder
Kings Alumni + Jr Kings Coach

Calder has been involved in California youth hockey for the past six years after retiring from a 13-year NHL Career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, LA Kings, and Anaheim Ducks.

An Alberta-native, Calder has representing Canada at the World Junior Championships, where he won a Gold Medal in 1999. He also represented Canada four times at the World Championships, winning a Gold Medal in 2003.

Calder has dedicated his time to growing the game in California, helping kids understand the game on and off the ice. 

Peter Budaj
LA Kings Alumni

Budaj has played 13 years in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and the LA Kings. Budaj has also played 6 seasons in the AHL, most recently with the Ontario Reign before retiring in April of 2019. 

Budaj has resided in Montana and started his own Goalie Instructor business, Budaj Blockers. His leadership while playing professional hockey shows the strong passion he has to give back to the game.

The Slovakian-native is showing his commitment to youth hockey by helping goaltenders develop their on-ice and off-ice skills through camps and clinics. He is currently serving as an Assistant Coach for the Montana State University Bobcats Hockey Team.

Daryl Evans
President, LA Lions

Evans was a member of the Kings from 1981-85 and scored one of the franchise's most memorable goals in a game forever remembered as the "Miracle on Manchester." 

Evans currently serves as a Power Skating Consultant for the Kings, coaches the LA Lions, and works as a TV Analyst (pre-game, post-game and intermissions) for Kings games on FOX Sports West.

Courtney Ports
Sr. Manager, Hockey Development

A SoCal native, Ports played in SCAHA for 14 years.

Ports has been full time with the LA Kings since 2010 and has spent the last 3 years focused on the growth of hockey in California.

He has worked directly with Ball Hockey, Learn to Play programs, and Camps stretching from the U.S., Mexico and China, all with a focus on growing the game and the LA Kings.

He also holds a USA Hockey Level 3 coaching certification.

Marisa Blanco
Supervisor, Hockey Development

Born and raised in Southern California, Marisa has been playing hockey for 25 years. She is a USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach and is a volunteer coach with the Hawthorne PD's Power Project Girls team.

She started off playing roller hockey on the Central Coast and has been playing ice hockey for the last 12 years, winning a USA Hockey Women's C Division National title in 2018 with the LA Lions.

Jordan Watt
Coordinator, Little Kings & Events

Jordan is in his first year with the LA Kings as the Lil' Kings Coordinator. The California native has his USA Hockey Coaching Level 2 and Officiating Level 3.

Since returning to California full-time, Jordan has focused on growing the game of hockey in Southern California as his initiative to inspire new young hockey players. Prior to joining the Kings, Jordan finished his hockey career playing 3 seasons of NCAA Division 3 hockey at Neumann University and Stevenson University.

Jordan played 3 seasons in the NAHL and 1 season in the QMJHL prior to becoming a Student Athlete.

Gaetano Moirano
Coordinator, Ball Hockey & Events

Gaetano is a native of Orland Park, IL. As a former junior A and collegiate athlete, he continues to give back to the game he loves through coaching. This year marks his 7th year coaching and training amateur players. He holds a USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification. 

Gaetano is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is pursuing a Master of Sport Management degree thru West Virginia University. 

Blake Bolden

In 2015 Bolden became the first Black professional women's hockey player. She's played hockey professionally in both the Canadian Women's Hockey League and National Women's Hockey League following a standout playing career at Boston College. She has also played overseas and represented the U.S. in several international hockey tournaments. 

As a leader within the Kings Care Foundation and Hockey Development departments, her goal is to define diversity and inclusion initiatives both on and off the ice, ensuring all children have an opportunity to grow in the sport of hockey.