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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have claimed center Yanick Lehoux off waivers from the Phoenix Coyotes and have assigned him to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.

Lehoux, 23, had previously been with the Kings organization before claimed off waivers by Phoenix on November 5 . He did not participate in the Kings' training camp in September and then, as a restricted free agent, signed a contract with the Kings on November 3. As a three-year pro, Lehoux was subject to waivers and was claimed by Phoenix two days later.

Lehoux made his NHL debut this month with the Coyotes and played in a total of three games where he recorded one point (a goal) and two penalty minutes. In addition, he played in five games with Phoenix's American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, where he recorded one point (a goal) and two penalty minutes, and he had also this season signed with Moscow Dynamo of the Russian Elite League, and he played for Servette Geneve and Basel of the Swiss National League.

Originally selected by the Kings in the third-round (86th overall) in the 200 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-0, 200-pound Lehoux, who is a native of Montreal, played the 2004-05 season with the Monarchs, where in 38 games he recorded 54 points (23-31=54) before sustaining a season-ending knee injury on January 14. At the time of the injury, Lehoux was second on the Monarchs and tied for third in the AHL in overall scoring.

The Pacific Division-leading Kings (15-7-1, 31 points) host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow, Saturday, at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FSN West, ESPN Radio 710 – KSPN and along the Kings Radio Network. The Kings conclude the mini-homestand on Monday versus Central Division-leading Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
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