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KINGS ALUMNI TO PLAY IN CHARITY GAME

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
A National Hockey League Alumni team will faceoff against the champion amateur team of a charity hockey tournament on Sunday, April 26 at the Ice Town in Riverside at 7:15 p.m. in a fundraiser for Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.


Kings alumni and current TV and radio personalities Jim Fox and Daryl Evans, along with former Kings and current members of the Kings coaching staff and front office Mark Hardy and Nelson Emerson, current Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon and former NHLer Mel Bridgeman, will anchor a team of NHL Alumni set to appear in the exhibition game. 

A total of eight amateur teams will compete in a charity tournament that kicks off today at the Ice Town in Riverside, which is located at 10540 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505.

Already, $15,500 has been raised for the Children's Hospital from a previous auction of autographed jerseys after the Ontario Reign - Phoenix Roadrunners contest on March 21. The Ontario Reign are the ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Tickets cost $5 each with gate proceeds benefiting the Children's Hospital. For more information, please contact the Riverside Ice Town at 951.637.3070 or visit their  Web site.

Jim Fox completed his 19th season as the Kings’ television color commentator, joining Bob Miller in the booth for club broadcasts on FSN West. Eighth on the Kings all-time scoring list, eighth in assists and ninth in goals with 479 points (186-293=479) in 578 games, Fox spent his entire 10-year career as a member of the Kings after being selected in the first round (10th overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. A three time 30-goal scorer, Fox enjoyed his most productive season in 1984-85 when he recorded 83 points (30-53=83), and in 22 career playoff games with the Kings, Fox had 12 points (4-8=12). Over his playing career with the Kings, Fox also holds the distinction of playing the second most games -- starting, ending and only with the Kings (Dave Taylor holds the mark).

Daryl Evans completed his 10th season as the Kings radio commentator on flagship station KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. A member of the Kings as a player from 1981-85, Evans scored the franchise’s most memorable goal in a game forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.” Facing the heavily-favored Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five first round of the 1982 playoffs, the Kings pulled off two huge upsets – one, in winning the series three games to two; and two, winning Game 3 of the series. Evans went on to lead the Kings in playoff scoring with 13 points (5-8=13) in 1982.

Mark Hardy returned for his second stint as an Assistant Coach with the Kings on Aug. 4, 2008. As a player, Hardy ranks 16th on the Kings all-time scoring list (and third on the Kings all-time defensemen scoring list) with 303 points in his 11 seasons with the Kings. The Semaden, Switzerland, native also played in 41 career postseason games with the Kings, and he was a member of the Kings club that advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993. Originally selected by the Kings in the second round (30th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Hardy, 48 (2/1/59) recorded 368 points (62-306=368) and 1,293 penalty minutes in 915 career regular season games with the Kings, Minnesota North Stars and New York Rangers. With the Kings, he was twice named the Kings Outstanding Defenseman (1984-85 and 1986-87). In addition, he ranks second in assists (250), third in games played (616), fourth in penalty minutes (858) and fifth in goals (53) amongst Kings defensemen all-time.

Jamie Kompon is in his third season as an Assistant Coach with the Kings. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Kompon worked for nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues organization where he most recently served as the Assistant Coach/Video Coach. Kompon played four seasons as a defenseman at McGill (1985-89) and then he played two seasons of professional hockey, including stints in the East Coast Hockey League and in the German Elite League.

Nelson Emerson is in his first season as Coordinator of Player Development and Systems Integration with the Kings after spending the last two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Kings. Originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third-round (44th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Emerson recorded 488 points (195-293=488) and 575 penalty minutes in 771 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes/ Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets and Blues. In 40 career NHL playoff games, he had 22 points (7-15=22) and 33 penalty minutes.

Mel Bridgman was drafted 1st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. He played 977 career NHL games, scoring 252 goals and 449 assists for 701 points, as well as adding 1625 penalty minutes. His best offensive season was the 1981–82 season, when he set career highs with 33 goals, 54 assists, and 87 points.

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