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Marian Gaborik Ready for Grand Celebration in 1,000th NHL game

LA Kings forward has been model of perseverance through 17 seasons in the league

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Marian Gaborik had already put his body through 989 NHL games over 16 seasons, and new LA Kings coach John Stevens needed to know if the 35-year-old forward recovering from knee surgery in April wanted to add any more.

"I remember one of the first guys I met with was [Gaborik] when I got hired, and we were in Manhattan Beach and he was on crutches," Stevens said of their meeting at a restaurant a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean.

"I said, 'I need to know: Do you still want to play?

"'Are you willing to put the work in to be healthy, and do you have the passion to pay a price to be a good player?'"

Gaborik answered yes to each question.

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LA Kings will Host Firefighter Appreciation Night

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from that night's event will benefit local fire victims.

by LA Kings @lakings / LAKings.com

"Our community has really come together during this tough time and we feel it is very important to help those who have suffered tremendous loss due to these devastating fires," said Kings President and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. "At the same time it is imperative we do our best to say 'thank you' to those who battled, and continue to battle, these fires so tirelessly."

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The LA Kings and Kings Care Foundation Partner with Shoes to Fit

The Kings Care Foundation gave away 100 pairs of shoes to students in need at Cimarron Elementary School

by Kings Care Foundation @LAKingsCare / LAKings.com

On Wednesday, December 13th, the Kings Care Foundation partnered with Shoes That Fit to gift 100 news pairs of shoes to students in need at Cimarron Elementary School.

Shoes That Fit has provided over 1.8 million pairs of new shoes since its inception. Shoes tend to be a visible marking of poverty and can take away from a child's ability to succeed in certain capacities at school, so we have committed to providing 100 kids with appropriate footwear.

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LA Kings Activate Forward Kyle Clifford From Injured Reserve

Veteran winger has missed 28 games this season due to injury

by LA Kings @lakings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have activated forward Kyle Clifford from injured reserve, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 6-2, 211-pound native of Ayr, Ontario appeared in three games earlier this season with the Kings, posting one point (0-1=1), a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes.

He has missed 28 games thus far due to injury.

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The LA Kings and Kings Care Foundation Launch Community Ticket Program

This program allows underserved youth and their families in the LA area the chance to go to LA Kings home games

by Kings Care Foundation @LAKingsCare / LAKings.com

Thanks to the generosity of LA Kings partners and fans, the Kings Care Foundation is excited to invite 501(c)(3) children's charities to apply to receive free tickets to LA Kings home games through the LA Kings Community Tickets Donation program.

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Top 5 Plays of the Week: Winning

Last week, the LA Kings returned from their perfect road trip to complete a perfect home stand

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Three games, two overtime wins, and 12 goals.
Plus, the LA Kings extended their winning streak to eight games.
It was a week of great highlights. 
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Check out which ones made the Top 5 Plays of the Week:

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PODCAST: Weekly Recap with The Royal Half

The bounce back season continues for the LA Kings.

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

The bounce back season continues for the LA Kings. Saturday night's OT win over the Carolina Hurricanes was the eighth in a row for the Kings and ninth straight game with a point. The Royal Half joins host Jesse Cohen to recap the past week in Kings hockey, discuss potential expansion and unpack yet another hockey twitter fight. Subscribe on iTunes or any other podcasting app. Subscription links and recent episodes can be found at LAKings.com/podcast.

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Unrestricted Free Agent Goaltender Cole Kehler Signs with LA Kings

The Portland Winterhawks goalie posted a 17-4-0-1 record, .931 SV%, 2.20 GAA and two shutouts this season

by LA Kings @lakings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Cole Kehler to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 19-year-old Kehler (born Dec. 17, 1997) is a 6-4, 205-pound native of Altona, Manitoba who has appeared in 22 games this season with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL), posting a 17-4-0-1 record, .931 save percentage, a 2.20 goals-against average and two shutouts.

Among league leaders, he currently ranks second in goals-against average and save percentage, tied for second in wins, fourth in shutouts and sixth in minutes played (1,307).

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LA Kings Keep Winning, Tinkering Roster

GM Rob Blake trades for Jordan Subban after LA Kings defeat Senators for seventh straight victory

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

The LA Kings won for the 19th time this season and extended their season-long winning streak to seven games, the longest by any team in the NHL this season.

So what did they do for an encore after defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime on Thursday?

They traded for a Subban.

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LA Kings Acquire Subban; Send Nic Dowd to Canucks

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jordan Subban joins LA Kings in exchange for forward Nic Dowd

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have acquired defenseman Jordan Subban from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Nic Dowd, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 22-year-old Subban (born March 3, 1995) is a 5-9, 175-pound native of Rexdale, Ontario who has played in 16 games with the Utica Comets (AHL) this year, recording five points (0-5=5) and 13 penalty minutes.

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