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After a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Kings hopped on a plane, not home to Los Angeles or to any of the other cities that house National Hockey League franchises...this charter was bound for Austria. (more on that later).

First things first, in the Kings last preseason game played on North American soil, Kings fans that made the trek to Las Vegas got a glimpse of the future, perhaps even the present, as 19-year old uber prospect Jonathan Bernier stopped 24-of-26 shots - including many difficult saves and even a few brilliant ones - and stonewalling both of the Avs' shootout attempts to lead the Kings to a come-from-behind victory on Saturday. In the process the young goaltender certainly opened some eyes.

The Kings had goals from Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown and used shootout goals by Michael Cammalleri and Brownie to support Bernier in the win.

Kopitar, Brown, Cammalleri, Bernier and the rest of the Kings had about an hour after Frozen Fury X to get on a plane and start the long trip to Salzburg, Austria. The team arrived around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night. FYI: Austria is nine hours ahead of California time. Travel Tip: When traveling to foreign countries, make sure you get a Universal

This handy dandy device comes in handy when in foreign countries.
Voltage converter for Travel, or you will be unable to use any of your electronic products (laptop, cell phone charger, blow dryer, etc). The converter in the picture to the left cost about $20 and is available at most Best Buys and Circuit Cities.

So what are the Los Angeles Kings doing in Austria you ask?

Well the Crownshirts are taking part in a four-team tournament, The Red Bull Salute Invitation Tournament in Salzburg, Austria. The four teams participating: your Los Angeles Kings, the EC Red Bull Salzburg, HC Davos and Farjestads BK.

For information on any of the four teams, click here.

The tourney kicks off on Tuesday (or Dienstag for you German speakers out there), with the Kings and EC Red Bull facing off at 5:30 p.m. (local Austria time), 9:30 a.m. PT; followed by the Farjestads BK and HC Davos at 8:45 p.m.

The following day, AKA Mittwoch (Wednesday if you are scoring at home) will put the losers on the first day against each other in the opener at 5:30 p.m. and the two winners in the final at 8:45 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on Jan. 27, 1756 in Austria
Oh yeah, why are we using German occasionally? That is the official language of Austria, though English speaking chaps such as the guy that runs, can get by just fine using English.

A babelfish translation of the word "hockey" in English is also "hockey" in German...though when you type in "Ice Hockey," the translation is "Eis-Hockey."

Some notes from the Red Bull Salute Invitation Tournament press kit:

  • Austria is best known for the Austrian Alps, one of the world's premiere skiing regions. Speaking of the Alps…birthplace of Yodeling. SWEET!
  • The capital is Vienna, while Salzburg is the fourth largest city in the country.
  • Speaking of Salzburg…birth place of Mozart.
  • Also was the setting for many of the scenes of "The Sound of Music"…"Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens…these are a few of my favorite things." Speaking of "The Sound of Music" and Julie Andrews, which was better, Sound of Music or Mary Poppins if you had to choose one?
  • The city is 1,300 feet above sea level, not quite the mile high in Denver, but still, a fact about Austria, which is what we are collecting.
  • Summer lasts from Easter to mid October, so yeah, it is gorgeous out here.
Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens...these are a few of my favorite things!
Just did a google search of Austrian NHL players and so far, I have Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, Oliver Setzinger, Nashville Predators, Andr Lakos, Minnesota Wild, Thomas Poeck,NY Rangers and Micheal Grabner,Vancouver Canucks

Today the Kings did a breakfast at the hotel in the morning, a light workout and then had practice at 10:45 a.m. over at the Salburg Eisarena. They have an organized team tour of the city planned for the evening.

This was a great page from the press kit:
WHAT TO SEE (Should you ever venture out to this beautiful country)

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress: The Festung or Hohensalzburg Fortress was built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard, the chief Landmark of Mozart’s city, is the largest, fully preserved fortress in central Europe.
  • Salzburg’s Cathedral: Salzburg’s Cathedral is the city’s most significant piece of church architecture and its ecclesiastical center.
  • Mozart Square: The Square is dominated by the statue of Mozart by Ludwig Schwanthaler, unveiled on Sept. 5, 1842.
  • Mozart’s Birthplace: In Getreidegasse no. 9, where the Leopold Mozart Family lived from 1747 to 1773. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on Jan. 27, 1756. He wrote his first symphony at five by the way.

Just learned from Wikipedia that Red Bull, which sponsors this tournament, was originally developed in Tailand, but was transformed into a global brand by Dietrich Mateschitz, an Austrian entrepreneur.

Just so you know, in 2006, over three billion cans of Red Bull were sold.

At 4 p.m., the Kings jumped on the Red Bull jet and got a guided tour of the Austria Alps.

Stay tuned to for coverage of the games tomorrow, video interviews and photos as they are captured.

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