Monday, Sept. 10
KINGS FIRST ROUND PICKS RETURN TO CAMP
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and defenseman Thomas Hickey, both of whom were excused from Rookie Camp to play for Team Canada in the Canada/Russia Super Series, returned to camp and will participate fully tomorrow.
Both Bernier (11th overall in 2006) and Hickey (fourth overall in 2007) were selected by the Kings in the first-round of the NHL Entry Draft. Canada went on to win the series by a 7-0-1 margin out-scoring the Russians, 39-17. Bernier led all goaltenders posting a 2-0-1 record with a .956 SV% and a 1.19 GAA after surrendering just three goals in 151 minutes of play and posting the lone shutout of the tournament.
Hickey, meanwhile, scored 0-4=4 in eight games played with two penalty minutes. Three of his four assists were on the power play.
CLICHÉ CLEARED TO PLAY
Right wing Marc-Andre Cliche, obtained from the New York Rangers in the Sean Avery trade earlier this season, has been cleared to play and skated in full contact workouts today in camp. Cliché, who suffered a shoulder injury at the Memorial Cup, was participating in Rookie Camp, but had limited contact. All indications are that the 6-0, 175-pound forward looked good on the ice today.
REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD
The Kings played two scrimmage games (more on this later) this afternoon with free agent signee Michal Handzus centering a line with Ladislav Nagy and Patrick O'Sullivan on Team Berry.
The line was productive on offense with both Nagy and O’Sullivan scoring goals. Handzus and Nagy were teammates from 1999-2001 with the St. Louis Blues with the duo combining for 39-52=91 in parts of two seasons in the players first two years in the league. The pair also skated together for parts of two seasons with the Coyotes from 2001-02 combining for 42-54=96 in 169 games.
CLOUTIER FEELING GOOD, LOOKING GOOD
“It was a long process and a frustrating one, but I think the training staff here did a good job in getting me back to have at least the summer on my own to get ready,” Dan Cloutier said. “I have been doing a lot of goalie camps to get ready for this. I felt pretty good out there.”
Cloutier took part in the on ice and off ice workout and skated in both scrimmage games.
TEAM BERRY AND TEAM GORING SPLIT PAIR OF 25-MINUTE SCRIMMAGES
Team Berry defeated Team Goring, 3-1, in the first of two scrimmages at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo on Monday. Team Goring took the second game, 2-1. Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Giuliano, Richard Petiot and O'Sullivan, who converted on a breakaway, tallied goals for Team Berry. Gabe Gauthier scored on a penalty shot (awarded instead of power plays) and Ned Lukacevic also scored for Team Goring.
The goalies rotated throughout the scrimmage. Michael Cammalleri, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown skated on a line together for Team Goring, with Jack Johnson being paired with veteran Jaroslav Modry.
The two defensive signees also skated together for Team Berry, as Tom Preissing and Brad Stuart were paired together.
BAILEY AND BAVIS
Six years ago, the Los Angeles Kings family was deeply shaken and saddened over the loss of Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, two scouts who were aboard United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan Airport on Sept. 11, 2001. Both men remain truly missed here as their fantastic personalities and love for the sport of hockey were evident in their work, and their passion for the Kings helped foster a fun and winning attitude. Both Mark and Ace are incredibly missed indeed.
For more information on Baily and Bavis, visit their page on LAKings.com.
SCHEDULE FOR TOMORROW
Practice – Team B and Team C : 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Video Session (optional) – Team A: 10 – 10:15 a.m.
Conditioning – Team A: 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Game - Team B vs. Team C: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Conditioning – Team B and Team C: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
MEDIA – Team B and Team C: 12:45 p.m.
Practice – Team A : 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
MEDIA – CRAWFORD: 1:15 p.m.
Flush ride (optional) – Team A: 1 – 1:15 p.m.
MEDIA – Team A: 1:30 p.m.