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THE ROYAL MAILBAG (AUG. 31)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Who all in Kings history have worn the No. 7?

Friday, Aug. 29
This week's mailbag was full of questions on topics ranging from when does individual game tickets go on sale to who has worn the No. 7 jersey throughout Kings history… Find out those answers and more in this week’s Royal Mailbag, the last Summer Edition of the mailbag as starting next week, LAKings.com will get your questions answered every other Friday in its usual time slot. So send in your questions early and often...

My wife and I will be in Southern California in late March and would love to attend a couple of games during our visit. When do single-game tickets go on sale?
Bill H., Kansas City, Mo.

Kings individual game tickets will go on sale on Sept. 15th at 9 a.m. (PT) at the STAPLES Center box office, and the first 500 to purchase a ticket at the box office will receive an autographed player card. Tickets will be made available through ticketmaster and via LAKings.com at 10 a.m. that day.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, the Kings will be hosting an LA Kings Open House from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center, which will feature:

  • An open practice with head coach Marc Crawford
  • Free food and interactive games.
  • Free parking in lot 5
  • A special discount on the Kings new jersey

I was wondering if I could get a list of Los Angeles Kings that have worn No. 7? Is there an all-time roster by number?
Jeff., F., Woodland Hills, Calif.

Thanks for the question. There have been 17 Kings wear the No. 7 jersey, with Derek Armstrong currently sporting the digit. Prior to Army, the No. 7 sweater was worn by Cliff RONNING; Jaroslav BEDNAR; Nelson EMERSON; Steve MCKENNA; Eddie OLCZYK; Kevin BROWN; Dan QUINN; Jim PAEK; Tomas SANDSTROM; Phil SYKES; Mike MURPHY; Real LEMIEUX; Dick DUFF; Skip KRAKE; Bryan CAMPBELL and Terry GRAY.

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. As you know, five numbers have been retired, and in case you are wondering what numbers are the most popular, it is a five-way tie between two, 10, 12, 14 and 26, as each of those numbers have had 26 people wear it.

Would the Kings ever consider retiring the jersey of Bernie Nichols?
Alex C., San Pedro, Calif.

As you know, five players have had the Kings retire their jersey number in Marcel Dionne’s No. 16, Dave Taylor’s No. 18, Luc Robitaille’s No. 20, Rogie Vachon’s No. 30 and Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99.

Bernie Nicholls played in 602 games with the Kings from 1981-1990, scoring 327-431=758 before being traded to the NY Rangers for Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato on Jan. 20, 1990. He ranks 10th all-time in games played as a King, fourth on the franchise in goals, fifth in assists and points and had a franchise-high 25 shorthanded goals.

So the credentials are there. Whether or not his No. 9 will be retired remains to be seen.

This question may seem kind of dumb, but a couple of my buddies and I had a question regarding how hockey players get paid. What is the payday schedule like? Are they paid every week, every other week, monthly?
Jason C., British Columbia

Players get paid twice monthly during the hockey season starting in mid October and ending in mid April.

Will the Kings be holding a meet the players/staff or other special event when they come over to London? .
Paul H., Hull, UK.

The Kings did put together such a package, called the London Fan Pack. Here are the details: Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 – Cocktail Reception at the “Backstage Bar” in the O2

  • Private cocktail reception from 5-7 p.m.
  • Enjoy a full bar and heavy appetizers
  • Your first look at the O2 Arena from the Backstage Bar, overlooking the ice
  • Special appearance by your 2007-08 LA Kings, Coach Marc Crawford and Luc Robitaille
Saturday, Sept. 29 – Private Practice Session with the L.A. Kings at the O2
  • Attend a private practice with the LA Kings, with Head Coach Marc Crawford on microphone
  • Receive Special Gift of London Premiere games signature merchandise – hat & t-shirt.

You will also receive a special VIP credential for both events at $230 per person. Click here for more information.

I wonder what Patrick O’Sullivan has been doing this off season and how he's progressing. He really began to find himself towards the end of the season last year and I am really excited to see what he's going to bring to the table next season now that he is going to be surrounded by so many great players.
Marty L.

LAKings.com caught up with Patrick O'Sullivan on Friday. ”I have been skating a lot and I have been doing a lot of running,” O’Sullivan said. “I am trying to get my conditioning a lot better and I feel that I have done so in that area.

”We played into June with the Monarchs (the Monarchs advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in the American Hockey League), so I really didn’t have much time off, it was a fairly short summer. Sometimes that’s part of the business. It’s a good thing, though when you have a short summer, and hopefully we will have to deal with that more.”

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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