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Early in the 2014-15 season, it was apparent that +Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Maxim Kitsyn was starting to really buckle down and push himself hard in order to reach the next level...the American Hockey League. He impressed his coach with the ECHL's +Ontario Reign Pro Hockey LLC (Kings' current ECHL affiliate) with his hard work, dedication and determination—he was always the first one to arrive at the rink and the last one to leave, and that continues to this day.

With his team one win away from advancing to the ECHL's Kelly Cup Final, Frozen Royalty checked in once again with Kitsyn and Reign head coach Jason Christie to talk about Kitsyn's season, his development, and what he still needs to focus on.

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ONTARIO, CA — When Frozen Royalty last checked in with Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Maxim Kitsyn, who is playing for the Kings’ current ECHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, his dete...
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When Frozen Royalty last checked on +Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Alex Roach, he was still just getting his feet wet in the professional ranks with the ECHL's Ontario Reign last December.

Five months later, Roach has helped the Reign become the third-best defensive team in the ECHL, and they are now in the second round of the playoffs, up 2-0 in their series with the Utah Grizzlies.

To learn about Roach's first season in the pros and about his progress, check out...
ONTARIO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings having failed to earn an invitation to the National Hockey League’s post-season party this year, it might be easy for many to forget that both o...
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Only three people—Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and head coach Darryl Sutter—took the time to speak to the media today as the +Los Angeles Kings'  players underwent end-of-the-season physical examinations, but boy...did they speak to us! Kopitar for more than nine minutes...Brown and Sutter for over eleven minutes each, and they both addressed the dressing room barricade issue in Tampa, shooting it down rather emphatically.

You'll want to watch these interviews...lots of great stuff from all three!
EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the National Hockey League’s post-season party, otherwise known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs, gets started, teams that failed to earn an invitation to the party are b...
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This is it, folks. The +Los Angeles Kings begin a three-game Canadian road trip tonight at Vancouver that will, in all likelihood, determine their playoff fate.

Frozen Royalty spoke with defenseman Alec Martinez and Matt Greene, who talked about what the Kings need to do on the trip, about their preparations, and more.

Greene, Martinez and forward Trevor Lewis also looked at the bigger picture regarding the super-tight playoff races over the past few seasons and their impact that goes well beyond their own team.

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VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and Alec Martinez, along with forward Trevor Lewis and head coach Darryl Sutter spoke with the media prior to the team departing on their ...
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After losing, 4-1, at Chicago, the +Los Angeles Kings have dug the hole they're in considerably deeper, with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks winning their games on March 30...

Sooo...things have changed in the Western Conference playoff race once again, in terms of what the Kings must do the rest of the way in order to qualify for the playoffs. Here's the latest projections...
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings got their helmets handed to them after a lackluster performance in the Windy City, where the Chicago Blackhawks had a very easy time dispatching the Kings,...
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After crunching the numbers from the Western Conference standings again after games on March 26, there were quite a few changes in the playoff projections, including what the +Los Angeles Kings will have to do the rest of the way to qualify for the post-season.

Here’s the latest look at the Western Conference playoff picture…
LOS ANGELES — After a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Los Angeles Kings are off to a 3-0 start to their current five-game road trip that...
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With a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Final series against the +Allen Americans , the +Los Angeles Kings'  current ECHL affiliate, the +Ontario Reign Pro Hockey LLC, were just one win away from reaching the 2015 Kelly Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

But the Americans controlled play from the second period on, handing the Reign a 6-2 drubbing before the teams head back to Texas for the final two games of the series on May 26 and 27.

For a recap of Game 5 on May 24, 2015, including comments from Kings prospect Maxim Kitsyn and Reign head coach Jason Christie, check out:
ONTARIO, CA — On a night when their opposition, the Allen Americans, were on the brink of elimination from the ECHL’s 2015 Western Conference Finals, and knowing that their team was jus...
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Back in October 2014, Frozen Royalty reported on the +Los Angeles Kings' strong team culture, built by President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. That team culture appeared to take a hit last Saturday, when the New York Post published a story reporting that the players locked head coach Darryl Sutter out of the dressing room.

As it turns out, the New York Post got just about everything wrong in their story. Nevertheless, it was enough to cause some panic among Kings fans. But Dustin Brown and Sutter set us straight on April 11...
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Much has been made of the April 11, 2015 story in the New York Post, which reported that Los Angeles Kings players locked head coach Darryl Sutter out of their dressing room ...
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After a 2-1 shootout loss in Vancouver, things got just a bit more difficult for the +Los Angeles Kings to make the playoffs. But it might not be as difficult as you think. Check this out for the details!
LOS ANGELES — After a 2-1 come-from-ahead shootout loss at Vancouver on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings lost ground in the Western Conference playoff race. Here’s the latest numbers and ...
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Here's the latest projections on the Western Conference playoff race and what the +Los Angeles Kings will have to do the rest of the way in order to make the playoffs...
LOS ANGELES — Dwight King, Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik scored goals, and Jeff Carter and Robyn Regehr each contributed two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the...
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After more number crunching, here's the latest on what the +Los Angeles Kings need to do in their remaining seven games this season in order to qualify for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and yes, some things have changed, just a bit...
LOS ANGELES — A poor first period and stellar play by goaltender Devyn Dubnyk proved too much for the Los Angeles Kings to overcome, and they dropped a 4-1 decision to the white-hot Minnesota...
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Taking into account wins by the Calgary Flames, +Los Angeles Kings  , Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks, and a loss by the Winnipeg Jets, over the past three days, Frozen Royalty crunched the numbers once again to project where these teams will finish in the standings, and to determine what the Kings will need to do in order to make the playoffs.

The last time Frozen Royalty ran the numbers on March 22, the Kings were projected to need 97 points. But things have changed. Find out how by reading...
LOS ANGELES — Despite a dominating performance in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 24, giving them a strong 2-0 start to their five-game r...
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News And View On The Los Angeles Kings And The NHL By Gann Matsuda
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Frozen Royalty provides responsible journalism, and in-depth coverage of the Los Angeles Kings and the National Hockey League. Features news, commentary, analysis, feature stories and interviews with players, coaches...right on up to general managers and beyond.

Gann Matsuda has been writing about the Kings and the NHL since 1986, and has served as News Editor for kingshockey,com since 1995. He also covered the Kings for thehockeywriters.com during the 2010-11 season, and served as the Featured Columnist (something like a lead writer, I guess) covering the Kings for bleacherreport.com. He also covered the Kings and the NHL for hockeytalk.biz from late 2006 to February 2009.

In February 2009, Matsuda became a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.