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Anze Kopitar Named Finalist for Selke Trophy as Best Defensive Forward

LA Kings captain won the award in 2016, and has been a nominee for the Selke in four of the past five seasons

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar has been nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, the National Hockey League announced today.

The Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

Kopitar won the Selke Trophy in 2016. He is the only Kings player to win the award in franchise history.

The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1977-78 NHL season. It was named after Frank J. Selke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.

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LA Kings Assign Four Players to Ontario Reign for Calder Cup Playoff Run

Michael Amadio, Jonny Brodzinski, Oscar Fantenberg and Paul LaDue set to join Ontario Reign ahead of their opening round matchup against the Texas Stars

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have assigned forwards Michael Amadio and Jonny Brodzinski, along with defensemen Oscar Fantenberg and Paul LaDue, to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

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PODCAST: Round 1, Game 4 Recap

Last night, The Royal Half and Jack Jablonski joined Jesse Cohen to discuss the [Las] Vegas Golden Knights sweep of the LA Kings

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

The [Las] Vegas Golden Knights shutout the LA Kings Tuesday night at STAPLES Center to complete their four-game sweep.

The Royal Half and Jack Jablonski joined host Jesse Cohen immediately following the game to discuss the goaltending, the lack of offense and what it all means moving forward.

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Through a Mother's Eyes: Alex Iafallo

For Barb, the road to outfitting herself and her friends with Iafallo NHL jerseys began 20 years ago, when Alex was four years old

by Deborah Lew @by_DeborahLew / LAKings.com

The descriptions "thrill-seeker" and "lives dangerously" probably aren't high on the list of qualities a mother wants for her son.

But when they are accompanied by characteristics like "driven" and "humble," it makes that son a motivated, accomplished, and successful person.

Barb Iafallo can attest to that.

Barb's son, Alex Iafallo, is playing his first year of NHL hockey with the LA Kings. Having graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth last Spring with a bachelor's degree in Management, Alex went undrafted and signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent in April of 2017.

Twelve months later, Alex is one of seven Kings players who has made their playoff debut with the club as the Kings opened their first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

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PODCAST: Game 4 Preview - What Needs to Change for the LA Kings?

In this episode, host Jesse Cohen talked to his father about what could be learned from the three one-goal games and what the Kings need to change in order to win Game 4

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

All three games between the LA Kings and Vegas Golden Knights have been decided by one goal.

Related: The Kings have lost the first three games in their series against the Golden Knights by a single goal.

In this episode, host Jesse Cohen talked to his father about what could be learned from those games and what the Kings need to change in order to win Game Four.

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PODCAST: The LA Kings Return Home | Game 3 Recap

Jesse Cohen is joined by Jack Jablonski and The Royal Half to break down the LA Kings falling to 0-3 in this first round match up

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

The LA Kings gave up two late goals Sunday night and dropped to 0-3 in their first round matchup against the [Las] Vegas Golden Knights.

The Royal Half and Jack Jablonski joined host Jesse Cohen following the game to make sense of the Kings play. The trio was then joined by Ken Boehlke (from The SinBin) for the Golden Knights perspective on the series.

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Jarret Stoll on Humboldt Broncos Tragedy, Raising Funds for Victims

Prior to Game 3, LA Kings fans are invited to write cards to the families and victims of the Humboldt Broncos

by Josh Cooper @JoshuaCooper / LAKings.com

The Humboldt Broncos bus crash last Friday in Saskatchewan resonated for former LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner - who is from Yorkton, Saskatchewan - helped raise money for a comfort fund for a wing in Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, where team members are being treated, through charity donations from his golf tournament.

He also played in the area as a youth and has a deep understanding of hockey in Saskatchewan and its importance in the community.

On April 6, the Humboldt team bus collided with a tractor-trailer while on its way to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League game in Nipawin. Sixteen people have died as result of the incident.

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Tweets of the Game: Round 1 Game 2

The rivalry heated up as the LA Kings fell to the Golden Knights in double overtime in the longest game in franchise history

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

In case you've been living under a rock...
Drew Doughty will be sitting this game out. 

Tweet from @LAKings: "In my opinion Drew Doughty is the best player at his position in the world, and he defended that play exactly the way we���d expect him to defend that play." - Head Coach John Stevens pic.twitter.com/heTrGX9s8x

Tweet from @brighamfreeth: Alright. They think they have the @LAKings without @dewyy8 . They've got another thing coming. #GoKingsGo

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: #LAKings starters: Quick, Fantenberg-Martinez, Pearson-Kopitar-Brown. Scratches: Muzzin, Doughty, Andreoff, Brodzinski, Iafallo, Forbort. Fleury goes for VGK. Carrier in; no Perron.

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Drew Doughty on Suspension: 'I Think It's B.S.'

All-Star defenseman responds to the one-game suspension handed to him by the NHL's Department of Player Safety

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Drew Doughty didn't mince words about being suspended for Game 2 of the LA Kings series against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight.

"I don't think it's suspension-worthy. I think it's B.S., really," Doughty said during his press conference after the Kings practice at T-Mobile Arena. 

Video: Drew Doughty after morning skate on 4/13/18

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