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Kings Announce New Speaker Series

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Luc Robitaille, Bernie Nicholls and Mark Hardy will hold a "Growing up Kings" discussion at Hockey Fest.

LOS ANGELES - A new special Speakers Series - Growing Up Kings - has been added for LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, the new three-day interactive festival celebrating the Kings and the game of hockey from Aug. 28-30 at LA Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Growing Up Kings will feature Luc Robitaille, Bernie Nicholls and Mark Hardy - each of whom were drafted by the Kings and made their debuts in the 1980s - as they talk about their experiences and share their favorite stories about growing up in the Kings farm system and breaking in with the Kings and into the NHL at such a young age. The event will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Nokia Theatre and will be hosted by Jim Fox, who was also originally drafted by the Kings.

Robitaille was selected in the ninth round (171st) in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and this November will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is the NHL’s all-time leader in goals (668) and points (1,394) by a left wing, and he is the Kings’ all-time leader in goals (557), is second in points (1,154) and second in games played (1,077). He currently serves as the Kings’ President of Business Operations.

Nicholls was selected in the fourth round (73rd overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and went on to score 475 goals in the NHL. With the Kings, Nicholls scored a career-high 70 goals during the 1988-89 season, a mark that still stands as a Kings season high, and he also led the Kings in overall scoring on two occasions. Nicholls also created his famous Pumper-Nicholl goal celebration after each tally.

Hardy was selected in the second round (30th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft and played in 11 seasons as a King. He ranks 17th on the team in all-time scoring with 303 points, which is third on that list among defensemen. He also teamed with Robitaille as the club played in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. He currently serves as an assistant coach with the Kings.

Fox was selected in the first round (10th overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He played all 10 of his NHL seasons with the Kings and he ranks eighth on the team in assists (293) and ninth in goals (186) in 578 games. He is set to begin his 20th season as the Kings’ television color commentator on all Kings games on FS West, a role in which Fox has won numerous awards.

In addition, the Kings Tuesday announced that 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 Stu Grimson on that panel, which will be hosted by Kings radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson.

The Growing Up Kings series will replace the Welcome to LA series, which has been removed due to scheduling conflicts.

Click here for an updated LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 schedule of events.

Individual day Hockey Fest tickets are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $27 each while a ticket for Friday costs $37. Click here for ticket information.

Three-day Hockey Fest tickets cost $60 with each ticket allowing admittance into all LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 events for the weekend. Tickets for kids five years of age and under are free. Discounted tickets for groups are also available.

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