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KINGS NOTEBOOK (OCT. 13)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
After the Kings 8-6 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, the team held practice on Saturday at 11 .am.

BUSY WEEK FOR BOB
In addition to celebrating the 34th anniversary of his first broadcast on Wednesday, Kings legendary play-by-play voice Bob Miller also celebrated his 69th birthday on Saturday night.

Miller of course, made his Kings broadcast debut on Oct. 10, 1973 in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Forum. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, it was the 34th anniversary of his debut, which turned out to be a 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

On Saturday night, Miller celebrated his 69th birthday…here are a couple of emails that LAKings.com received for Bob Miller:
Dear Bob,

We just wanted to wish you a wonderful birthday. Thanks for the games you announce so that we can enjoy them just that much more.

Happy Birthday!
Wade & Deena W.

From John H.: Please pass along my sincerest birthday greetings to Bob Miller. Yes, he is the greatest hockey announcer in the world, but I will never forget his graciousness on a very personal level when he sent me a letter in Taiwan 25 years ago, giving me a connection to my team when I was feeling very distanced. I have known Bob -- obviously vicariously -- for almost 35 years, longer than almost anyone I know. Happy, happy birthday, Bob!!

MURRAY SCORES HIS FIRST
Brady Murray scored his first NHL goal on Friday night at 17:45 in the second. The Kings Scott Thornton hit Marc Savard behind the Boston net, the puck just trickled in open space and Murray quickly corralled it and scored.

Murray's Goal


"Scott Thornton made a really good play and the puck just kind of came to me," Murray said. "He was great on the forecheck and made a great hit. . I just took the ice I had and I put it in the empty net."

YOUNGS STARS SHINE AGAIN
Last night’s 8-6 Bruins win may have been a bit of déjà vu for the Kings Anze Kopitar and Boston’s Phil Kessel. Last time the two young forwards met was the YoungStars game during the NHL’s All-Star Weekend on Jan. 23, 2007, also a high scoring affair as Kessel and the Eastern Conference handed Kopitar and the West a 9-8 loss.

Kessel also scored a hat trick and added an assist, while Kopitar tallied two goals and three assists. Last night was more fireworks for the two young forwards, with Kessel earning his first career hat trick (that counted) and added an assist while Kopitar tallied his first two goals of the season.

At practice on Saturday, Kopitar had this to say about Kessel: “He is fast and he is ‘slicky’ and he can beat you one on one easily if you are not 100 percent concentrated on the play. He is really good around the net and he proved it last night, scoring three goals."

TOO YOUNG TO BE ROOKIES
Kings assistant coaches Bill Ranford, Jamie Kompon and Dave Lewis conducted a youth hockey practice this morning from 9-10 a.m., prior to the Kings practice

“We basically did a lot of the same puck movement drills and situational play that we worked on during the weeks and during training camp and exposed them to different drills that we would do in order for us to prepare for games and situational play,” Kompon said.

The youth clubs that took part in Saturday’s practice are the Junior Kings Squirt A1 and A2 teams, which feature kids ages 10-11. Following practice, the kids then watched the Kings practice from the bench.

When asked if the kids were in awe of working with NHL coaches and being so close to the players, Kompon remarked, “No, the kids were ready to work, they had a lot of skill and their puck movement was exceptional.”

This is the first of five scheduled youth practices to be conducted by the Kings coaching staff this season. Remaining dates will be auctioned off with the proceeds to go to the Kings Care Foundation. For more information, please call 213-742-7206.

The Kings were scheduled to have a morning skate at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, but it was canceled as they prepare to face the Red Wings at 5 p.m. on Sunday night at STAPLES Center.

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