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Tanner Pearson Playing in Front of His Dad at NHL China Games

LA Kings forward's father part of effort to grow sport in new market

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

BEIJING -- Tim Pearson traveled 7,000-plus miles from his home in Kitchener, Ontario, to see the first NHL game in China on Thursday, when the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks played a preseason game in Shanghai.

He also was on hand to explore the enormous possibilities for the sport in China with a litany of business meetings and a visit to a local private school. The hope was that the Kings and Canucks would provide a positive first impression at the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging, a way to hook newcomers to the sport.

An early highlight-reel moment didn't hurt the effort.

Los Angeles led 1-0 in the first period at Mercedes-Benz Arena and was killing a penalty when a Kings forward picked off an errant pass, showed off his trademark speed and scored on an unassisted breakaway at 15:18.

The forward was Tanner Pearson …. Tim's son.

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Day 4 in China: The LA Kings Explore the Great Wall

The LA Kings' adventures continue as they visit the Great Wall of China

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

After arriving in Beijing on their day off, the LA Kings' first stop was the Great Wall of China

Ultimate friendship goals ...

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Breaking Down Footage of Anze Kopitar Mic'd Up on the Ice in Shanghai

I can't get enough from the LA Kings trip to China. The photos, videos and social posts have opened up a new hockey world and OMG WHY DIDN'T I GO ON THIS TRIP?!

by PumperNicholl @PumperNicholl / LAKings.com

Watching the LA Kings play in Shanghai was an amazing experience ... from what I remember.

The 4:30 a.m. start time in Los Angeles meant that I kept dozing off during most of the first period. Naturally, it felt as though I must have been dreaming when I woke up to a 2-0 lead over the Vancouver Canucks.

"Wow! This is pretty great," I thought to myself.

To recap: I set an alarm to watch preseason hockey at 4:30 a.m. and was excited that the Kings were winning a preseason game. ...Hockey is back, baby!

Still, I can't get enough of everything that trickles out from the Kings trip to China. The photos, videos and posts on Twitter and Instagram have opened up a whole new hockey world and OMG WHY DIDN'T I GO ON THIS TRIP?!

So when the NHL released a video of Anze Kopitar mic'd up on the ice during the Kings-Canucks game in Shanghai, I dropped everything and rushed over to watch it.

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Learning from the NHL in Japan

Along with the commitment to playing at least six times over eight years in China, the NHL has planned grassroots activities, from youth clinics to watch parties

by Sheng Peng @Sheng_Peng / LAKings.com

This week isn't the first time that the NHL has made a powerful push into an Asian market.

Twenty years ago, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Vancouver Canucks faced off in the first-ever regular season games in Japan. These historic matches in Tokyo were followed by NHL participation at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and contests in Greater Tokyo to kick off the 1998-99 and 2000-01 regular seasons.

However, as both Japanese fans and NHL teams lost interest in these games, the league has not enjoyed a significant presence in Japan since 2000.

Two decades later, what should they have learned from their foray into Japan, as they prepare for China's first-ever NHL action and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics?

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Day 3 in China: The LA Kings Make NHL History

The LA Kings took on the Vancouver Canucks for the first ever NHL game in China

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

After spending the two previous days practicing and exploring Shanghai, the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks finally took the ice to play the first official NHL game in China.

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Tweets of the Game: #NHLChinaGames Edition

The LA Kings made history early this morning when they won the first ever NHL game in China

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com
Pregame.

Tweet from @_speckygit: gotta watch my la kings play am i righT pic.twitter.com/iyyqdKC3KX

Wild? Seems normal to us.

Tweet from @betterxoff: Actually waking up a 4:30 AM to watch an @LAKings game live from China. Wild.

Tweet from @fonger96: Two hours until puck drop @Canucks @LAKings #ChinaGames pic.twitter.com/Q0NJpLI2AD

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China Games Big First Step for NHL

LA Kings' historic win against Canucks thrills fans new to hockey

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @Cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SHANGHAI -- The kids skated out in full uniform and lined up in the corners. Two days ago, they mobbed the LA Kings for autographs after practice and learned from some of their alumni at a hockey clinic.

Now they greeted the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before the first NHL game ever played in their country.

They slapped gloves with the players as they came out, lined up on the blue lines with them for the Chinese national anthem, then took off their skates and helmets and headed up to the third level of Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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LA Kings Defeat Canucks, 5-2, in Opener of NHL China Games

Tanner Pearson's two goals spark victory on historic night in Shanghai

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

SHANGHAI -- The LA Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Thursday on a historic night at Mercedes-Benz Arena in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging.

Kings left wing Tanner Pearson scored twice in front of 10,088 fans in the first NHL game to be played in China. It's the first of a two-game preseason series between the Pacific Division rivals. The Kings and Canucks will play Saturday at Wukesong Arena in Beijing (12:30 a.m. PT; NHL Network).

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Four Players Assigned to Junior Teams, Training Camp Roster Down to 66

The LA Kings have announced the following player transactions

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have announced the following player transactions.

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LA Kings Rally Around Former Teammate Brian Boyle

The LA Kings family comes together to support Brian Boyle in his fight against leukemia

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

On September 19th, it was announced that the New Jersey Devils Center Brian Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). 

CML is a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is largely treatable with medication. Fortunately, Boyle's cancer is still in the early stages of the disease - which was revelaed by blood tests taken during the Devils' training camp physical.

While doctors are still working on the best course of treatment, Boyle is completely focused on hockey and the Devils' Opening Night. He has no plans to miss any hockey due to his illness.

Since the news of Boyle's cancer was released, there has been an overwhelming amount of support coming from the hockey community ... 

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