The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent Ken Belanger, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
Belanger, 31, has been in Kings Training Camp as a non-roster invitee. The 6-4, 220-pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, last played in the NHL for the Kings during the 2002-03 campaign and collected 17 penalty minutes in four games before he suffered a concussion that caused him to miss the remainder of the season. He appeared in 43 games for the Kings during the 2001-02 season and recorded two points (2-0=2) and 85 penalty minutes.
During the 2004-05 season, Belanger appeared in one game for the Adirondack Frostbite (UHL) and had five penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Hartford Whalers in the seventh-round (153rd overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and has accumulated 23 points (11-12=23) and 688 penalty minutes in 243 career NHL regular season games with the Kings, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Kings (preseason record of 4-2-1) conclude their 2005-06 preseason schedule tonight in Anaheim versus the Mighty Ducks at 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard on ESPN Radio 710 – KSPN (joined in progress following Angels baseball) and along the Kings Radio Network.