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Jay Wells Added to Hockey Fest '10

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Kings Legend Jay Wells has been added to the Kings speaker series at Hockey Fest '10.

LOS ANGELES – The Kings have added a fourth speaker series – “Winning Culture” -- to next month’s LA Kings Hockey Fest ’10 event and the club has made a change in programming as former Kings defenseman Jay Wells will now be featured in the “Life of a King” speaker series, the Kings announced Friday.

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“Winning Culture” will feature several current Kings players who have participated in the Stanley Cup Finals. It will take place from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and be hosted by Kings radio play-by-play broadcaster Nick Nickson.

“Life of a King” will now feature Wells, Luc Robitaille and Marty McSorley from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (new time). Bernie Nicholls, who was originally scheduled to participate in that speaker series, is not able to attend Hockey Fest due to personal reasons.

“The Kings wish Bernie and his family the best during these times as his mother is set to undergo heart surgery,” said Robitaille, the Kings’ President of Business Operations. “Jay, who played with the Kings for nine years, was invited to participate in Hockey Fest several weeks ago and we are looking forward to featuring him in this speaker series.”

Wells played in 604 regular season games for the Kings from 1979-88. He ranks fourth on the club’s all-time list for games played by a defenseman and ninth overall, and he ranks third all-time in penalty minutes with 1,446. In 1,098 NHL games with the Kings, Flyers, Sabres, Rangers, Blues and Lightning, Wells, a tough stay-at-home defenseman, recorded 263 points (47-216=263) and 2,359 penalty minutes. He also played in 114 career playoff games.

The Kings have also announced a time change for one of the other two slated speaker series. “Kids Press Conference” will feature several current Kings players and children of all ages can ask their questions directly to the participating players. Kings Vision host/FS West reporter Heidi Androl will host (it will now take place from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.).

The fourth spearker series, “State of the Kings” will kick-off the event. It features Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Kings Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall, Kings Vice President/Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon, and Kings Head Coach Terry Murray as they take questions from fans from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Kings radio color commentor Daryl Evans will host.

LA Kings Hockey Fest ’10 takes place on Saturday, September 11, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. The one-day event, which takes places from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., will culminate with a special “Pep Rally” featuring the Kings players and all Hockey Fest participants at 5 p.m. on the (covered) NHL ice rink. Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller will host the “Pep Rally.”

Tickets cost $15 for Kings Season Ticket members and for Partial Plan and Group Leaders by calling 1-888-KINGS-LA (1-888-54647-52). Tickets for the general public cost $20 and be can purchased by visiting LAKings.com/hockeyfest2010. Only 2,000 tickets total are available for purchase.

The second annual event will feature special Q&A and autograph sessions with Kings players, coaches, alumni and hockey dignitaries, in addition to Kings merchandise – including merchandise discounted at 40 percent -- and hockey memorabilia being available.

Also, with this year’s Hockey Fest being held on September 11, the Kings Care Foundation will be hosting special fundraising activities at the event to benefit local organizations affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. More details to come.
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