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The NHL Trying To Increase The Latino Fan Base

from Jack Harris of the LA Times,

“There’s this momentum across the league and the hockey industry itself,” said Alicia Chin, an NHL senior manager of social impact and growth. “As demographics of North America are changing, we know that we need to be relevant.”

The traditional cold-weather sport has never found much of a foothold in Latin America. In many cities across the U.S. Sun Belt states, it still remains mainly a niche activity. Latino players, such as the Kings’ Alec Martinez and Toronto Maple Leafs All-Star forward Auston Matthews, have always been in the minority on NHL rosters.

And unlike football and baseball, French is hockey’s de facto second language, not Spanish.

The potential, however, is promising. Teams across the league, especially those in the country’s southern footprint, are envisioning an increasingly diversified future for their sport.

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The LA Kings Sweater For The Stadium Series

Portland, Ore. / New York (January 17, 2020) — adidas, the NHL® and the Los Angeles Kings® today introduced the special-edition ADIZERO Authentic Pro NHL® jersey specifically designed for the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game. adidas journeys ahead of time with a sleek, futuristic design, which pulls inspiration from the Air Force Academy’s angular architecture and aircraft.

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Video- Kurtis MacDermid Suspended Two Games

Kurtis MacDermid suspended two games for an illegal check.

 

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Video- Kurtis MacDermid Will Have A Hearing On Friday

 

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Bad Month Continues For The San Jose Sharks

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Jeff Carter scored with 3:29 left in overtime, as the Los Angeles Kings handed the Sharks a devastating 3-2 loss at SAP Center in their first game after the Christmas break.

The Sharks couldn’t hold a two-goal lead entering the final 20 minutes of regulation time, as Martin Frk scored at the 1:30 and 18:36 mark of the third period to help send the game into overtime....

The biggest thing for the Sharks, though, was the missing the two points, as they lost their fourth straight game and fell to 1-8-2 this month.

The Sharks host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, their last home game in December before they begin a five-game road trip on New Year’s Eve against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ve got to take something out of this,” said Bob Boughner, now 1-5-0 as the Sharks’ interim coach. “We put ourselves in a position to win again and I thought we did some good things. Again, we’re still looking for that game where we can score three or four.”

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LA Kings Place Ilya Kovalchuk On Unconditional Waivers

via the PR department of the LA Kings,

Please see the following statement from the LA Kings regarding Ilya Kovalchuk:

Ilya Kovalchuk has left the team and been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract with the club.


added 12:08pm,

 

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The Latest On Ilya Kovalchuk

 

Anyone seeing another NHL team having interest in him?

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The LA Kings Are Trusting Todd McLellan’s Plan

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Progress is relative and it can be fluid, sometimes difficult to quantify but unmistakable when it pierces the gloom of a dismal rebuilding process.

The Kings are a long ways from turning the corner, but they’re inching forward. That’s not based on them scoring a lot of goals or winning a lot of games, because that’s not happening. The scoring part won’t happen until they upgrade their finishing skills, whether this season or next.

“Two goals a game in this league anymore, I know we did it in the past but it was a 2-1, 3-2 league back then. Now it seems more like a 4-3 league, so we need to score more goals,” defenseman Drew Doughty said of the Kings’ solid defensive play and low-scoring wins during their 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup seasons.

Where they’ve moved forward recently is in playing with a cohesiveness they lacked in the early weeks this season and a competitiveness that was far from consistent during their first 20 games. They trust their structure and their coaching, and with good reason.

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Video- Zac Rinaldo Hit On Nikolai Prokhorkin

via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

McLellan, on whether he saw the Zac Rinaldo hit:
Well, of course I did. You guys all looked at it too. I’m always asked this question after. What usually happens is one coach says, ‘I haven’t looked at it yet,’ and the other coach says, ‘you know what, I think the player was in a vulnerable position, I think that the head was targeted, I think that the weight went up and I think the feet came off the ice,’ so figure out which coach was which. [Reporter: What about the heart from Kyle Clifford standing up for Pro and the moments that followed?] It’s a team move and that’s what Cliffy does for his teammates. [Reporter: Did they get tossed because it happened during a TV timeout?] Yeah.

Watch the hit below. and then the fight...

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News On Ilya Kovalchuk

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