Hi there, Kings fans. Here's what you might have missed in the last couple weeks when you were boycotting the NHL...
Dustin Brown, Matt Greene, Rob Scuderi, Ryan Miller, George Parros, and many other NHLers practicing in the area will participate in a charity game at the TSC to benefit a breast cancer foundation and LA Kings Jr. Hockey. Tickets are $50-$20, and the game is Nov. 9th. With limited seating, they should go fast.
Good stuff from the Mayor on Jonathan Quick's recovery from back surgery. Because he was ailing before the lockout began, he's allowed to work with Kings coaches until he is deemed to be 100%. [Mayor's Manor]
Jim Fox sat down for a long interview with new Kings assistant coach Davis Payne. Be sure to catch the power play discussion in Episode IV. [LA Kings Insider]
Bob Miller: He's an Iowa treasure too! [Hawkeye Sports]
ICYMI: Luc Robitaille brought the Cup to his mother, Madeleine, in Quebec. [ESPN]
Interestingly, the prior story originally featured an anecdote about Mike Richards bringing the Cup to Ontario to get back at his ex-girlfriend. Sadly, the anecdote was not true. [Deadspin]
The Junior A Tier III Valencia Flyers routed the Bay Area Seals, 9-2, on Kings Night at Valencia Ice Station. We wrote about the game here. Frozen Royalty talked to a ton of Kings fans in attendance and got their passionate opinions on the ongoing lockout.
Around the NHL
An anonymous NHL executive interacted with starved NHL fans on Reddit. He likes winking emoticons. [Reddit]
Former King Jack Johnson has some words to say about the NHL owners on his official site... [www.jackjohnson3.com]
... and so does the Islanders' Michael Grabner, on his unofficial one. [mgrabs40.wordpress.com]
Unfortunately, Wayne Simmonds was once again targeted by racist chants, this time in the Czech Republic. [Puck Daddy]
Pac-8 Hockey, the hockey counterpart to the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference, has teamed up with the You Can Play Project in denouncing homophobia. Go Bruins! [Pac 8 Hockey]
An intriguing look back at our own Jarret Stoll and Matthew Lombardi from the NHL Draft in 2006. Both were drafted a second time - each by the team that had drafted the other originally. [Edmonton Journal]
NBC has signed a deal to broadcast English Premier League soccer. Steve Lepore runs down possible implications for the NHL. [SB Nation]
Tomorrow night, celebrate the bicentennial of a war... with a hockey game in San Diego. Canada-US relations have never been better. And I'm going to spend the rest of the day reading about Canadians abroad in California. [Canadians Abroad]