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KINGS SIGN PETIOT TO ONE-YEAR DEAL

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed restricted free agent defenseman Richard Petiot to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.

Petiot, 25, had two points (1-1=2) and 25 penalty minutes in 13 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate, this past season. The 6-3, 200-pound native of Daysland, Alberta, who suffered an injury at the Kings’ Rookie Tournament prior to the start of training camp last season, also had zero points and two penalty minutes in two postseason games with the Monarchs.

Petiot, who made his Kings/NHL debut vs. Tampa Bay on January 17, 2006, appeared in two regular season games with the Kings during the 2005-06 season. He also skated in 63 regular season games with Manchester that season and scored 14 points (4-10=14) while registering 52 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating. In addition, he had one goal and six penalty minutes in seven postseason games with the Monarchs.

Originally selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (116th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Petiot has appeared in two career NHL regular season games with the Kings (both in 2005-06).

Prior to turning pro, Petiot played four seasons of hockey at Colorado College (WCHA) from 2001-05.

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