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Vote For your Kings Moment of the Year

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Sports Council is asking fans to help select the greatest moments in sports for 2009 in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Through balloting on this web site, votes will be cast in 15 different award categories.

Click here to vote for your favorite Kings moment of 2009.

As in previous years, three nominated moments per category have been provided by each specific team, university or association. Nominations in each category are listed in chronological order. Winners will receive awards created by Tiffany & Co. for the occasion.

Voting on this site will begin January 11 and run through January 31.

A blue-ribbon media panel will select and rank the overall top 10 moments of the year and also select the Sportsman, Sportswoman, Sports Executive and Coach of the Year.

Winners, including the overall “Greatest Moment of the Year,” will be revealed on Friday, February 19 during a special dinner and awards show at the new JW Marriot at LA Live. The awards show will air on FSN PRIME TICKET.

The concept of a moment is loosely defined. It can be a specific instant in time (such as a winning goal, hit or shot), an individual or team milestone, an upset victory, a remarkable game, a special event or a career achievement. Nominated moments must have taken place in the local area, or have involved a local athlete or team.

Acquisition of Smyth Leads to Great Start:
The Kings acquired perennial All-Star left wing Ryan Smyth in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche. A four-time 30-goal scorer with extensive international and NHL playoff experience, Smyth brought an intense blend of grinding, fearless hockey to the Kings lineup and helped catapult the Kings to their best start since the 1992-93 season (July 3).

“Triple Crown Line” Reunites:
The Kings’ famed Triple Crown Line of Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer were reunited in Los Angeles for the first time since 1984 as they headlined the first annual LA Kings Hockey Fest – a three-day interactive fan festival celebrating the history of the Los Angeles Kings and the game of hockey (August 28).

Robitaille Inducted to Hall of Fame:
Luc Robitaille, the Kings’ all-time leading goal-scorer and the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Lou Lamoriello. Robitaille was inducted in his first year of eligibility (November 9).
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