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LA Kings Prospects Look Forward to 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship

Three prospects are hopefuls for Team Canada's roster, while Team USA, Finland and Sweden are all expected to have one prospect compete in the WJC Tournament

by Zach Dooley @ReignInsider / LAKings.com

As we enter the holidays, we're also closing in on a time of celebration, which for our purposes means a heavy dosage of logo grabs and a variety of flying into the boards at the World Juniors.

Historically, Team Canada has been the king of the tournament, leading the All-Time Gold Medal count with 17, four more than its nearest competitor. And this season's edition of Team Canada should be very Kings-oriented, with three LA Kings prospects still donning the Maple Leaf on their sweater heading into pre-tournament games this week.

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Top 5 Plays of the Week: We're Luffin' It

While last week's outcomes weren't ideal, there were still some great plays from key players

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Last week, the LA Kings headed out for a tough road trip.

While the outcomes weren't exactly what they wanted, there were still some bright spots that provided for some nice highlights.


Check out the Top 5 Plays of the Week Now:
 
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PODCAST: Season Update with Tom Iafallo and Jesse's Dad

Tom Iafallo, Alex's dad, joined host Jesse Cohen after his son and the LA Kings played in his hometown of Buffalo

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Alex Iafallo grew up outside of Buffalo and had plenty of friends and family in the stands last week as the Kings played the Sabres. Tom Iafallo, Alex's dad, joined host Jesse Cohen the following morning to talk about his family's love affair with hockey.

Then, Jesse's own dad joined him for a lengthy conversation about 2018-19 season and the state of the franchise moving forward.

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Inside the Play: Shootout Saves by Cal Petersen

The LA Kings rookie led the team to a shootout win as he stopped two key shots from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Cal Petersen has been unstoppable during the nine games he has competed in for the LA Kings. The rookie goaltender has been filling in for Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell, who were out due to injuries. 

Petersen's performance has been impressing everyone within the organization and he's given the team a chance to win in every game he's been between the pipes. His performance even garnered him the November 2018 Payer of the Month award.

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PODCAST: Reign Report with Dave Joseph

PA Announcer Dave Joseph joined host Jesse Cohen to discuss the Ontario Reign's weekend games and past performance

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The Ontario Reign played a pair of home games this weekend against the Colorado Eagles and San Jose Barracuda. Dave Joseph served as PA announcer for both games and joined host Jesse Cohen after the second.

The pair discussed the weekend matchups, praised some strong performances and wondered about the potential for more players to make the leap to the NHL.

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Tweets of the Game: Not Our Game

The LA Kings started out strong in Columbus but just couldn't find a way to beat the Blue Jackets

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings came to play in the first period.
Dustin Brown started the game with a goal!

Video: LAK@CBJ: Brown capitalizes on miscue in front

Tweet from @martini__shot: @LAKings SCORE - BOOM #GOAL pic.twitter.com/tCsLG3iBen

Tweet from @fayzan_shahab: BROWNIE WITH THE FIRST OF THE GAME FOR THE @LAKings pic.twitter.com/Wq5T8XoNHg

Tweet from @VictimEnt_Ivan: Way to finish it Brownie.

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Snoop Dogg Set to DJ LA Kings Warm Up for Hockey Night in LA

Entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will be featured as the celebrity guest of honor for Hockey Night in LA on January 12

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Multi-platinum artist, actor, philanthropist and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will serve as the special Celebrity Guest of Honor for Hockey Night in LA presented on January 12 when the LA Kings host the Pittsburgh Penguins at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. The game, presented by Mammoth Mountain, will also be the second-annual Star Wars Night. 

A multi-faceted entertainer, Snoop performs worldwide as a DJ under the name DJ Snoopadelic, where he has been entertaining fans at festivals and clubs around the world for years.

DJ Snoopadelic will serve as a special in-arena DJ for the player warm-ups, which will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. Snoop Dogg will also drop the pre-game ceremonial puck at center ice with Kings captain Anze Kopitar and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

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INSIDER: Vilardi Impresses in Pro Debut, Sets Sights on Team Canada

A look at how the 2017 First Round Pick performed during his stint with the Ontario Reign, and what to expect as he heads to training camp for the 2019 WJC

by Zach Dooley @ReignInsider / LAKings.com

The highly touted Gabe Vilardi began both his age-18 and age-19 season in the NHL with the LA Kings. The only problem was, he began both seasons on the injured reserve list.

A chronic back injury delayed Vilardi's professional debut until November 29 - 421 days after the 2017-18 NHL season had begun, when the native of Kingston, Ontario finally saw game action with the AHL's Ontario Reign.

Leading up to that first game, Vilardi had been slowly working his way back into a game-ready state, moving from off-ice workouts only, into skating by himself, to non-contact practices with the Kings and finally into full-on practices with both the Kings and the Reign.

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In the Pipeline: Daniel Brickley

The path to reaching the NHL wasn't a typical one for the rookie defenseman from Salt Lake City

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

For Daniel Brickley, the path to playing professional hockey wasn't a typical one.

In the span of just a few years, the defenseman went from being skipped over in the NHL Draft to becoming one of the top sought after college free agents.

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Daniel Brickley Recalled by LA Kings, Alec Martinez Placed on IR

Rookie defenseman earns call-up as Kings continue their four-game road trip

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have recalled defenseman Daniel Brickley from the Ontario Reign (AHL), Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

In a related move, the Kings have placed defenseman Alec Martinez on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 8.

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