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During this period of nothing in the hockey world (between the July 1 unrestricted free agency frenzy and the start of National Hockey League rookie and training camps in the second week of September), a period I refer to as The Dreaded Lull, watching reruns of hockey games gets old very, very fast. You need something to quench your thirst for something interesting that's related to hockey, and a good hockey book is always a good option.

One book that stands out is Facing Wayne Gretzky published in October 2014. Yes, it's a another book about The Great One, but don't let that scare you away. This book is unique in its perspective, so much so that it stands out from the myriad of books about the greatest player to have ever played the game. There is no book like this one about Gretzky.  +New York Rangers FanPage 
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On Sunday, August 16, 2015. a game that might be unfamiliar to you since we haven't seen it at its highest level in the Los Angeles area since April 11, a little over four months ago, was played to benefit Be The Match Southwest District​, which administers and National Bone Marrow Matching program.

A story looking at the event off the ice, including the money raised and what motivated an informal group of +Los Angeles Kings​ fans to put on such a grandiose event, follows on August 18.

Although that story will be the biggest one to come out of this charity hockey game, there's another big story resulting from the game, and it probably isn't what you might think.

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — We’re still almost two months away from the start of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season. But for fans of the Los Angeles Kings, their team has not been on the ic...
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A dedicated, yet informal group of +Los Angeles Kings fans have devoted one afternoon (actually, much more than that) to raising awareness, funds and to get people "swabbed" for national bone marrow donor program—a desperate, critical need that can save the life of a blood cancer patient—run by Be The Match.

This charity game will be played on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the practice home of the Kings, and tickets are still available.

But what's the story behind this game, and what motivates the people organizing it? What inspired them? For the story behind it all, check out...
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Forward prospect Jordan Weal was a prolific scorer in major junior hockey, but at 5-10, 162 pounds when he was selected by the +Los Angeles Kings in the third round of the 2010 +NHL Entry Draft, many doubted that he would ever make it to the NHL. Some even believed he wouldn't be able to withstand the physical play at the American Hockey League level.

So far, Weal has proven his doubters wrong, and his overall game is a far cry from what it was in 2010. But after three seasons in the AHL, is he ready for the bright lights of the NHL? How has his game improved? What is he focused on heading into the 2015-16 season? What do the Kings think of Weal and his game?

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PROSPECT WATCH: Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Jordan Weal went from a player with loads of doubt on his shoulders due to his size to one who dominated at the American Hockey League level. But ...
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With Martin Jones now with the San Jose Sharks, the +Los Angeles Kings will have a new backup goaltender in the 2015-16 season, and after helping lead the Manchester Monarchs to the 2015 Calder Cup Championship in the American Hockey League, J.F. Berube will get a long, hard look for the position.

But is the fourth round pick in the 2009 +NHL Entry Draft ready for the NHL, or will he go back to the AHL to be the starting goaltender for the +Ontario Reign Pro Hockey LLC?

We won't have an answer to that question until training camp is well underway in September. But we can look at Berube's 2014-15 season, his strengths and weaknesses, how he has improved over the last couple of years, and hear about what he needs to continue to do to become an NHL player.

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AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Also included are raw audio interviews with J.F. Berube and Los Angeles Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford. LOS ANGELES — On June 26, hours before the first round of the 2...
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Ten years ago, the +Los Angeles Kings held their first summer Development Camp, one in which there was a lot of skating and scrimmages—most everything they did was on the ice.

A large number of +NHL team's development camps are run in very similar fashion.

But now, the Kings' annual camp is much more low-key, and has as much off-ice instruction and training as there is on-ice work, and don't be surprised if there is no formal scrimmage during Development Camp now.

Why the change? What are the Kings doing differently? What are they teaching?

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Years ago, the Los Angeles Kings ran their annual summer Development Camp for their young prospects as many National Hockey League clubs still do: focusing on the on-ice part...
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More coverage of the charity hockey game benefitting the national bone marrow donor program...

As mentioned previously, yes, a hockey game was played. Goals were scored, saves were made, and fans cheered. One team won, the other lost. But there were no losers on this day, only winners, because the real story was not on the ice. Rather, it was happening off the ice, and it extended beyond the walls of the Toyota Sports Center, where the game was played.

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Frozen Royalty continues its 2015 off-season prospects coverage with a look at late bloomer/forward prospect Brian O'Neill, who was the 2014-15 Most Valuable Player in the American Hockey League with the Manchester Monarchs, and helped lead them to the 2015 Calder Cup Championship.

Because he was such a late bloomer, few people outside of Manchester paid much attention to him, and that probably includes you, dear reader.

If you'd like to learn more about this off-the-radar-until-last-season prospect, what the Kings think of him, and some thoughts about his future with the Kings, who aren't likely to have a spot for him on their 2015-16 opening night roster, check out (tag: +Ontario Reign Pro Hockey LLC):
LOS ANGELES — Last April, when Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Brian O’Neill was named as the 2014-15 recipient of the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League’s Most...
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+Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Adrian Kempe has received lots of attention as an up-and-coming power forward with skill, especially since he was the Kings' first round selection in the 2014 +NHL Draft. But the Kings have another power forward down on the farm, who you may have overlooked, most notably because he wasn't a first or second round draft pick.

To read about left wing prospect Michael Mersch and the accelerated pace of his development, and to listen to an interview with assistant general manager Rob Blake, check out:
LOS ANGELES — Don’t look now, folks, but the Los Angeles Kings could have a star power forward in the making down on the farm, and it might not be who you think it is. “He’s...
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Ever since he was selected by the +Los Angeles Kings in the third round of the 2010 +NHL Draft, forward prospect Jordan Weal has had to carry the heavy load of doubt on his shoulders because of what was his scant, 5-10, 162-pound frame.

The skeptics had legitimate questions. After all, size and strength does matter, especially at the NHL level, and at his size, making it to the NHL, let alone surviving the minor leagues, would be an uphill climb.

But five years later, Weal has become a force at the American Hockey League level. He led the Manchester Monarchs to the 2015 Calder Cup Championship this past season, and he talked about that exclusively with Frozen Royalty...
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 Leadership skills are among the most valued of the intangibles that +NHL teams covet in hockey players. Such qualities often don't show up in a players' makeup for years. Maybe never. So when they become apparent in a young prospect who is working his way to the NHL, that's really something to stand up and take notice of.

The +Los Angeles Kings have two such players in their 2015 Development Camp, defenseman Zac Leslie and right wing Valentin Zykov, both of whom spoke with the media this week.

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AUDIO: Interviews with Los Angeles Kings prospects Zac Leslie and Valentin Zykov are included. EL SEGUNDO, CA — When most people who follow the National Hockey League look at a team’s p...
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Here's a wrap-up of today's developments in the Slava Voynov saga, along with what the +NHL and the +Los Angeles Kings should (or shouldn't, depending on how you look at it) do now...
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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.