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ROYAL MAILBAG (SEPT. 14)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
THE ROYAL MAILBAG: Where is Brian Boyle going to be playing?

Friday, Sept. 14
This week's mailbag was full of questions on topics ranging from plus/minus questions to what was Sean Avery’s number while with the Kings… Find out those answers and more in this week’s Royal Mailbag. LAKings.com will get your questions answered every other Friday, so send in your questions early and often.

I am a big fan of Brian Boyle living in the Boston area and watching him play for Boston College. At BC, he played as a forward, yet also saw time on the blueline. Last year, I think he was in Manchester as a forward, yet I have heard that he is working for the Kings in camp as a defenseman. Which position is he playing?
Paul B., Boston, Ma.

Paul, you are right, Boyle had a stand out career at BC as a forward scoring 65-75=140 in 157 games with the Golden Eagles over his four years at the institution, captaining the team to the NCAA Championship game his senior year.

Interestingly, during his senior year, there were some injuries on the blueline and he moved to defense and according to his LA Kings bio, “Earned All-New England honors at the Hockey Writers Banquet, All-Tournament honors as a defenseman at the NCAA Tournament’s Northeast Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, and the Herb Gallagher Award as the region’s best forward.”

In addition, he played in two regular season games and 16 post season games with the Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Kings last season, scoring 3-5=8 in the post season as a forward. That being said, Boyle has worked out solely on the blueline with the Kings at Training Camp, even making his preseason debut on the blueline at Anaheim on Thursday night.

After the game on Thursday, head coach Marc Crawford told the media that: “Boyle showed that he will be able to play defense in this league. It's going to take some time but I think he's close.”

Speaking of last night’s game the Royal Mailbag got this from John M.
No. 7 on the Ducks last night was -4, and not -2, as the stats sheets suggested, were these home cooking stats?

Thanks for the question John. LAKings.com investigated your question and here is your answer: Two of the Kings five goals were on the power play, where plus/minus is not awarded. In theory, if No. 7 (Shane Hnidy) of the Ducks were on the ice for all five Kings goals and none of the Ducks goals, the worst he could be was -3, so -4 is not a possibility.

According to the official Stats, Hnidy was listed, in fact as a -3. In regard to “home cooking,” the off-ice referees that keep track of stats are completely neutral. Therefore, where the game is played does not have anything to do with the final stat sheet.

What was Sean Avery's Jersey Number he wore with the team in 2003-2006?
Timothy S.

Sean Avery wore No. 19 during his three plus seasons with the Kings.

For information on this or other Kings numbers, visit the Kings All-Time Uniform section of the Team section of the Web site by clicking here.

Do you have a Lady’s team?
Matthew B.

Yes, the Kings have a women’s team called the Lady Kings.

The Lady Kings Hockey League is an organized USA Hockey sanctioned league for the women of Southern California to hit the ice and participate in the greatest game there is. Based out of the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, the league welcomes all skill levels for full equipment/non-check play.

For more information, click here.

I have been an avid Kings fan since Rob Blake's rookie year. I recently moved up to Northern California and can only receive FSN Bay Area from my cable provider Comcast. Sattelite is not an option where I rent. Are there any other options for Kings fan transplants to continue watching their favorite team?
Sean I., San Francisco, CA

LAKings.com is glad you are still rooting for the Kings and not supporting that team up North in San Jose. To answer your question, yes, you can watch hockey online and see all of the Kings games this season… sign up for the service at NHL Center Ice and watch all of your Kings games via the net!

I have been following Joey Ryan while he was playing hockey up in Quebec, I am just wondering how he did at Rookie Camp. Will he be playing for Manchester or back in Quebec?
Mary H.

There has been no indication yet as to where Joey Ryan will be playing, though a roster cut will be coming up in the next couple of days.

That being said, LAKings.com went to Kings Radio Color Analyst Daryl Evans, who has been following camp closely and he had this to say about Joe Ryan:

"When you look at Joe, he is a young player, just 19 years old. He has a very aggressive style and is not afraid to get involved physically, I think the big thing for him is that he has respectable size at 6-1, and with what we worked on in prospect camp and training camp, is to work on their speed and developing their skills and strength and with the program that Chad Smith (Strength and Conditioning Coach) has put them on, he will keep getting stronger.

”I think what you will see as he takes what he learned going into next year and continue to gain confidence in moving the puck, with the style of the NHL now, the initial pass is so important, making that tape-to-tape pass with good vision, those are the types of things you need to work on.”

Thank you for all of your questions, LAKings.com would like to answer as many questions from Los Angeles Kings fans as possible. E-mail your query to LAKings.com for possible inclusion in a future mailbag column. Letters can be addressed to any member of the organization and may be edited for brevity, length and/or content. Please include your name and location along with your question and email feedback@lakings.com.

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