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Kings introduce new off-ice elements as season begins

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will open their 2015-16 regular season schedule tomorrow night, Wednesday, at STAPLES Center against the San Jose Sharks on NBCSN and KABC Radio 790.

The game is presented by McDonald’s and fans will receive rally towels and McFlurry coupons.

KINGS FANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE IN THEIR SEATS BY 7 P.M. TO ENJOY ALL OF THE PRE-GAME FESTIVIES

Tomorrow night will also feature a special pre-game Fan Fest in the LA LIVE Plaza from 4:30 - 7 p.m. While at Fan Fest fans are encouraged to meet Rogie Vachon, Sean O’Donnell, Nelson Emerson, Jaroslav Modry, Daryl Evans, Mike Donnelly, Bob Miller and Nick Nickson at the Toyota booth from 6 - 6:30 p.m.

To help kick-off this season, the Kings today announced the following off-ice elements:

KINGS CARE FOUNDATION:

For Opening Night, all fans in attendance will be given a Kings Care Foundation information card that will educate them on our key initiatives and programs that are benefitting from our support. Additionally, starting Opening Night, there will be a Kings Care Foundation Moment during each game highlighting the important work of local organizations. The Kings Care Foundation will be selling warm-up pucks fresh off the ice to remember Opening Night of the 2015-16 season. Those pucks can purchased at the Kings Care Foundation booth, located at section 103, for $20.

Join us for LA Kings Day at Discovery Cube Los Angeles the second Sunday of every month starting on October 11. Special guest appearances from Bailey, the LA Kings Ice Crew, the LA Kings Chariot, Alumni and more will take place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check the LA Kings app for a special discounted offer.

The Kings Care Foundation will once again conduct mobile auctions. To view and bid on Kings memorabilia and specialty items, text KINGS to 52182, visit the LA Kings mobile application, go online to kings.myab.co or stop by the Kings Care Foundation’s booth.

SPONSORSHIP:

New for this season is the LA Kings Edition, a custom microsite designed to replace the printed Royal Reign game day program. LA Kings Edition will be distributed in three digital versions throughout the season. It will focus on upcoming games, player profiles and insight into key opponents. Accessible via both web and mobile, the first edition will be available in October.

In addition, Toshiba is pleased to feature PictureMe app in LA Interactive located next to the Figueroa Bar on the main concourse of STAPLES Center. This new mobile app is allows fans to take photos with ‘digital doubles’ of star Kings players. Operated from a media console embedded within Toshiba’s 65-inch Touch and Get kiosk, the augmented reality app projects a digital image of the selected player adjacent to the fan allowing for a memory-making photo opp. In addition to having their photos taken with Kings players, fans will soon have the opportunity to snap a photo with star LA Clippers players beginning Oct. 28 when the NBA team hosts the Dallas Mavericks. Photos can be easily shared on Twitter and Facebook as well as auto-tweeted directly to the Kings and Clippers teams.

HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT:

Operating in its first year, the LA Kings High School Hockey League is comprised of eight teams mostly located in the San Fernando/San Gabriel Valley areas all the way up to Santa Barbara and Bakersfield. The League, which kicked off a few weeks ago, is designed to continue the growth of ice hockey in Southern California and directly connect the sport to local communities and high schools. Expansion of the league is planned to more schools and communities for 2016-17 and beyond.

TEAM LA:

The new Center Ice Collection of product reflecting the Kings players from practice to the ice – wear what the players have – is now available for purchase.

New this year is In-Seat Ordering in which the Kings and Team LA will be offering a selection of merchandise being delivered to your seat via your LA Kings App and will be added to the STAPLES Center App soon.

On the ice, here are among the club and NHL highlights:

There was more turnover on the Kings' roster this summer than at any point during the club's rise to glory this decade. After several summer departures, the Kings welcomed physical power forward Milan Lucic, offensive-minded defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the club and will look to an assortment of players who won the AHL’s Calder Cup last June to step up and make contributions.

In an effort to decide games within the run of play, the NHL has instituted a five-minute, three-on-three overtime should games end tied after regulation. With wide swaths of ice now available for playmaking, the end-to-end rushes will be exhilarating, and fewer games will end in shootouts.

Beginning this year, teams may request a coach's challenge to review situations in which an off-side play may have led to a goal, or in which the goaltender may have been interfered with. To utilize a coach's challenge, teams must have their timeouts remaining, and will forfeit their time out in coach’s challenges that do not result in the call’s overturn. To overturn a call on the basis of goaltender interference, it must be upheld that there was “no actual contact of any kind initiated by an attacking Player with the goalkeeper,” or “the attacking Player was pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending Player” to precipitate the contact, or “the attacking Player’s positioning within the goal crease did not impair the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal” and had no impact on the play. The NHL will also implement an automatic League Initiated Review for situations in the final minute of the third period or throughout overtime that would otherwise be subject to a coach's challenge.

As is relates to STAPLES Center, among the new highlights include:

DraftKings Fantasy Sports Bar and Lounge

Set to open October 7, the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Bar and Lounge will be open during every public event taking place at STAPLES Center located near the Star Plaza Entrance. Fans will experience the game-time excitement of being inside STAPLES Center during an event from their seats within STAPLES Center’s newest and most unique hospitality area. Guests can follow their favorite players and teams and all of the live action of the event taking place inside STAPLES Center and other venues around the world on more than 35 Toshiba smart televisions, six Toshiba Virtuoso Screens, 15 Microsoft Surface Tablets and four iMacs, while ordering from an exclusive menu featuring signature food and drink choices.

FanPics

STAPLES Center and Fanpics have announced a partnership that will bring the benefits of Fanpics’ imaging technology to Kings fans beginning with the home games this fall. Fanpics provides STAPLES Center with a truly state-of-the-art technology that bridges the gap between the in-stadium and social media realms. The Fanpics platform is accessed via the Fanpics app and fans simply enter their seat number into the app, during or after the game to instantly access and share photos. For each image, meta-data is added to display the context behind each moment, such as the score, time and description of the play.

Tomorrow night’s game – which begins at 7:30 p.m. -- will be televised live on NBCSN. The game also marks the beginning of the Kings’ second regular season broadcast on new flagship radio station KABC 790 AM. After the game, Kings fans are encouraged to participate in Kings Talk at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE (The Mixing Room) and by calling 1-800-ABC-KABC.

For all Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA and visit LAKings.com. Tomorrow night’s game will be the 132nd consecutive regular season home sellout (and 162nd including the playoffs).

The Kings are scheduled to hold their pre-game morning skate at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo beginning at 10 a.m.

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