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Memories from the Fabulous Forum

Daryl Evans, Ray Ferraro, Bernie Nicholls and Russ Courtnall recall their fond memories of playing in Inglewood

by Mike Commito @mikecommito / LAKings.com

It has been more than 20 years since the LA Kings played their last regular season game at the Great Western Forum... and it wasn't a particularly memorable game.

The Kings lost 3-2 to the Blues, and with the club failing to qualify for the postseason that year, it was a rather anticlimactic way to bookend more than three decades in the fabulous Forum.

Moreover, with the Kings playing exhibition games there that fall to open the 1999-00 campaign before moving into STAPLES Center, you could be forgiven for not remembering that game. 

For many Kings players, the Forum was where they got their first taste of NHL action, but for many more it was the place where hockey and Hollywood collided. Regardless of the era in which they played, the Forum was an incredibly special place.

As the site of the fabled Miracle on Manchester and where Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe's all-time goal-scoring record, it saw its share of historic moments. But what has stuck with the players after all these years, however, isn't those incredible feats, it's how they felt when they skated in that building. 

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LA Kings Sign Mikey Anderson to Entry-Level Contract

The 19-year-old defenseman won the NCAA National Championship earlier this month with the University of Minnesota-Duluth

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have signed defenseman Mikey Anderson to a three-year entry-level contact, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Anderson, who turns 20 next month, was selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (103rd overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. The 5-11, 197-pounder is a native of Roseville, Minnesota.  

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Kovalchuk Joins the Russian National Team for IIHF World Championship

The veteran forward will represent Russia in the World Championship for the 11th time in his career

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Ilya Kovalchuk has joined the Russian national team in Novogorsk, Russia for training camp ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Championship which will take place starting on May 10 in Slovakia. 

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Meet Swedish Goal Scorer Carl Grundstrom

The right winger became just the second player in Kings history to score goals in each of his first two NHL games

by Deborah Lew @Deborah_Lew / LAKings.com

On January 28, in the midst of a trying season for the LA Kings, General Manager Rob Blake pulled the trigger on a trade that sent longtime Kings player and Stanley Cup Champion, Jake Muzzin, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right winger Carl Grundstrom, prospect Sean Durzi and a 2019 first-round draft pick. 

Barely two months later, the trade emits its first ray of light when Grundstrom is called up from the AHL's Ontario Reign to play in his first ever NHL game on March 9 against the Arizona Coyotes.

The call, as it turns out, was the moment Grundstrom realized his NHL dream would become reality. 

"I was really happy of course, a dream come true," says Grundstrom who tallied his first NHL goal in that first game. "It feels really good, it's really fun to play right now, and it's a great group of guys here too, so I feel great here."

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LA Kings Go Green on Earth Day and Every Day

The Kings support eco-focused initiatives through LA Kings Green, which aims to make the team's operations more sustainable

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

During the 2018-19 season, the LA Kings set out to make a meaningful difference in the community by supporting eco-focused programs, organizations and events.

This took place as part of LA Kings Green - an umbrella program made to encompass all Kings-sponsored activities - which aims to make the team and arena operations more sustainable, gain support for eco-charities and engage members of the community in environmental activism.

Below are some of the ways in which the Kings activated around sustainability this season:

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Adrian Kempe Set to Join Team Sweden for 2019 IIHF World Championship

LA Kings forward and his brother Mario Kempe will help Team Sweden defend last year's IIHF World Championship Gold Medal

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Today, Team Sweden announced that their 2019 IIHF World Championship roster is filled with 13 NHL players so far.

Two of those 13 players include brothers Mario and Adrian Kempe. The Kempe brothers will join Team Sweden as they look to defend Sweden's 2018 gold medal finish.

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Check out the Full Team Sweden Roster! 
 

Last year's tournament was Adrian's first experience playing for the Swedish Men's National Team and it will definitley be a hard one to beat...

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Alec Martinez to Represent Team USA at 2019 IIHF World Championship

LA Kings defenseman returns to US National Team following last year's bronze medal finish

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

USA Hockey announced today the first 17 players named to the U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, May 10-26, in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Seven players return from last year's bronze medal-winning U.S. Men's National Team, including Alec Martinez and captain Patrick Kane.

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Prospect Report: Mikey Anderson

Top LA Kings prospects are making their mark in the playoffs with their WHL, OHL and collegiate teams

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Even though the LA Kings 2018-2019 season has come to an end, several of the Kings top prospects are still competing for a championship in the OHL, WHL and NCAA.

Take a look at the top prospects:

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PODCAST: Introducing McLellan

Nick Nickson and Dave Joseph joined host Jesse Cohen immediately following the press conference to share their first impressions of the new coach

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

On Wednesday, Todd McLellan was introduced as the next head coach of the LA Kings. Hall of Fame broadcaster Nick Nickson and Kings PA Announcer Dave Joseph joined host Jesse Cohen immediately following the introductory press conference to share their first impressions of the new coach.

The trio also discussed the recent playoff surprises, the importance of getting the draft right and the highlights of the day. 

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Tyler Toffoli Nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The National Hockey League announced the list of nominees for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Tyler Toffoli was selected by the LA Kings to represent the team due to his involvement in community initiatives both on and off the ice.

The winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy will be selected by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

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