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LA Kings Buy Out Defenseman Dion Phaneuf

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have bought out the contract of defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

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LA Kings Hold 10 Selections at 2019 NHL Draft

Team holds No. 5 and No. 22 overall picks at the upcoming NHL Draft on June 21-22 in Vancouver

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings are scheduled to make 10 selections at the 2019 NHL Draft, set for this Friday and Saturday June 21-22 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

The first round of the annual draft is set to begin on Friday at 5 p.m., and it will be broadcast live on NBCSN. Rounds 2-7 of the draft will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.

Jon Rosen will provide on-site pre-draft and draft day coverage of the Kings on LAKingsInsider.com.

The Kings hold the No. 5 and No. 22 picks in the first round, and have 10 picks total.

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The Drew Doughty Derby

Mark Yannetti and Mike Futa reflect on the 2008 Draft, where the LA Kings selected Drew Doughty at second overall

by Mike Commito @mikecommito / LAKings.com

The LA Kings had no doubt about who they were going to take with their first round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Holding the second overall selection that year after losing the draft lottery to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Kings had only one name on their mind as they stepped up to the podium in Ottawa.

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LA Kings Announce 2019 Preseason Schedule

The LA Kings will play seven preseason games, including a second trip to Salt Lake City and three home games at STAPLES Center

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Today, the LA Kings announced their preseason schedule for the 2019-20 NHL season. The Kings are scheduled to play seven preseason games including three games at STAPLES Center, which this season celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

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LA Kings, FOX Sports West Get Four Emmy Nominations for Kings Coverage

Black & White series seeks to take home second straight Emmy Award for best Sports Feature

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings and FOX Sports West have been nominated for four L.A. Area Emmy Awards for work airing in 2018.

The winners will be unveiled at the 71st Annual L.A. Area Emmy Awards presentation on Saturday, July 27 at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center.

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From Shortstop to Right Wing

How Jim Fox's small town Ontario baseball league helped him prepare for the NHL

by Mike Commito @mikecommito / LAKings.com

It was just another summer night on the baseball diamond for Jim Fox. The Coniston Red Sox's heavy-hitting shortstop picked up a pair of singles in a 6-5 win over their rivals, the Sudbury Shamrocks. 

After celebrating the victory with his teammates, Fox retired to the family home to get some much-needed rest. That night he went to bed as a member of the Coniston Red Sox, but the next day he would become a member of the LA Kings. 

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Johan Sodergran Signs Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract with LA Kings

The Swedish forward was the Kings 6th round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have signed forward Johan Sodergran to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 19-year-old Sodergran (born on Nov. 20, 1999) is a 6-3, 205-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, who appeared in 42 games this season with Linkoping HC (SHL), posting 13 points (8-5=13) and four penalty minutes.

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An Inside Look at the LA Kings Draft Process

Kings Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yannetti details how his team zones in on top prospects through analytical data and in-person meetings

by Heather Engel @engelheather / LAKings.com

And then there were... two?

Finished are the months upon months travel between northern latitudinal outposts and sizing up the next batch of NHL hopefuls through data derived from in-person meetings and packets upon packets of analytical data. The final internal discussions lay just ahead.

In only two weeks, Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yannetti will announce the first of the LA Kings' two first round draft picks when they congregate on the Rogers Arena stage in Vancouver. 

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LA Kings Returning to Salt Lake City to Face Canucks on September 21

2019 Salt Lake Shootout tickets are on sale now as NHL action returns to Vivint Smart Arena in Utah

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Vivint Smart Home Arena announced today that the LA Kings will play a preseason game at 7 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, Sept. 21, serving as the home team, against the Vancouver Canucks in the second edition of the Salt Lake Shootout, presented by the Utah Sports Commission.

Tickets for the game are now on sale, starting as low as $39 in the upper bowl and $79 in the lower bowl. The Kings will announce the club's entire 2019 preseason schedule at a later date.

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Thomas Middleditch Gives Conan O'Brien an Inside Look at Tony Babcock

Middleditch's alter ego debuted with the LA Kings on Hockey Night in LA and now he's taking his talents on the road this summer.

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Tony Babcock's return to hockey seems to have paid off.

Babcock, the alter ego of Thomas Middleditch, is a die-hard hockey fanatic and insider who spent over seven months as a PeeWee equipment coach for the Surrey Thunder A2.

Though his broadcasting career was well-respected, it was also short lived, spanning for only one game. He filled in for his father, a longtime announcer, who was sidelined by a freak press meal. Throughout the hockey community, it's rumored that undercooked salmon was the culprit.

However, Babcock was given a second chance this past season when the LA Kings hosted the Edmonton Oilers on Hockey Night in LA. And, now, Middleditch revealed to Conan O'Brien that Babcock isn't done quite yet.

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