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KINGS SPELLING BEE

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Brad Richardson does not make the list of tough Kings names to spell, but maybe he should?
With the Finals for the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night on ESPN, LAKings.com took a look back and all things spelling related in the Kings organization.

There has never been a King with the last name that started with an "X," while just one (Unger, Garry) has started with the letter "U" and two with the letter "Y," (Yushkevich, Dmitry and Yachmenev, Vitali). There have been four Kings with "Z" last names (Zeiler, John, Zhitnik, Alexei, Zizka, Tomas, Zmolek, Doug), four Kings with "I" last names (Inglis, William, Irvine, Ted, Isaksson, Ulf, Ivanans, Raitis) and four Kings with "O" last names (O'Donnell, Sean, O'Dwyer, William, O'Sullivan, Patrick, Olczyk, Edward) while one of each letter (Zeiler, Ivanans and O'Donnell) are currently playing for the Kings.

Prior to Dec. 6, 2007, there was only one King ever with a "Q" last name (Quinn, Dan) in the Kings 40-year history up until that point. On that date, however, Quick, Jonathan made his NHL debut and has since been joined by Quincey, Kyle, so there have been two "Qs" in the last two years after having just one in the first 40.

The most common is the letter "M" with 55, "B" with 53 and "S" with 51.See links below.

A - 14 | B - 53 | C - 47 | D - 23 | E - 12 | F - 13 | G - 33 | H - 45 | I - 4 | J - 18
K - 27 | L - 36 | M - 55 | N - 9 | O - 4 | P - 30 | Q - 3 | R - 22 | S - 51 | T - 24
U - 1 | V - 9 | W - 25 | X - 0 | Y - 2 | Z - 4

Jim Fox was probably the easiest name in Kings history to spell, but there have been many harder ones, here is a list of some of the hardest names to spell in Kings history:

Batyrshin, Ruslam
Berthiaume, Daniel
Bjugstad, Scott
Bylsma, Dan
Cousineau, Marcel
Duchesne, Steve
Giroux, Pierre-Yves
Grebeshkov, Denis
Hangsleben, Alan
Janecyk, Robert
Kaberle, Frantisek
Kannegiesser, Sheldon
Karjalainen, Kyosti
Khristich, Dmitri
Krushelnyski, Mike
Kuznetsov, Maxim
Nechayev, Viktor
Pushkarev, Konstantin
Reinprecht, Steven
Sinisalo, Ilkka
Tsygurov, Denis
Tsyplakov, Vladimir
Tuomainen, Marko
Valicevic, Robert
Yachmenev, Vitali
Yushkevich, Dmitry
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