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Kings Announce Final Speaker Series

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES - Three special Speakers Series - Kids Press Conference, Hockey Operations and Enforcers -- were announced July 31 by the Kings to complete the special seven Speakers Series for LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, the new three-day interactive festival celebrating the Kings and the game of hockey from August 28-30 at LA Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. 

These four sessions compliment the three previous announced ones - Triple Crown Line re-unites, NHL Experts Panel and Bob Miller’s One Man Show -- to complete the highly-anticipated seven Speakers Series program.  The schedule is below.

In addition, the Kings Friday announced that individual day Hockey Fest tickets are available and will go on sale Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets.  Tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $27 each while a ticket for Friday costs $37. 

Here is a closer look at all of the Speakers Series:

Kids Press Conference - Young hockey fans will get the opportunity to ask players questions directly in the club’s first ever kids-only “press conference.”  Anze Kopitar, Matt Greene, Wayne Simmonds and Teddy Purcell are slated to participate.

Kings Hockey Operations - Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Head Coach Terry Murray and Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall will be available for fans to ask questions as they preview the upcoming 2009-10 Kings/NHL season.

The Enforcers - One of the most unique jobs in sports, tough guys talk about their tough on-ice role as part of this event.  Stu Grimson returns to Southern California to headline this special panel. Former Kings/NHL defenseman Brad Norton will join the Enforcers Series event. Norton, who played in 124 career NHL games with the Kings, Red Wings, Senators, Capitals and Panthers and accumulated 287 penalty minutes, will join Grimson on that panel, which will be hosted by Kings radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson.

As previously announced, LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 will also feature the re-unification of the famed “Triple Crown Line” of Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer; Bob Miller’s One Man Show; and an NHL Experts Panel featuring Kelly Hrudey, Ray Ferraro and Jim Fox.

Additionally, 17 prestigious NHL Trophies will be on display; the StreetLA by TeamLA hockey tournament will take place; and ESPN anchor/ESPN.com columnist John Buccigross will serve as the official host.  All participants are subject to change.

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