Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/18/05 at 09:16 AM ET
The Kings opened their preseason schedule Saturday night, but the result of the game the Kings beat the Mighty Ducks, 4-2 was secondary to the day's real objective: winning back the hearts of their fans. To that end, the Kings gave away every ticket to the game, and some players spent the morning shaking hands with and signing autographs for fans who lined up at Staples Center to buy regular-season tickets. The Kings seem to be immune to the concern that fans, angered by a 10-month lockout that resulted in the cancellation of last season, wouldn't return. The Kings announced a 92-percent renewal rate by their season-ticket holders, which they say is the highest in the 10 years of the current ownership.
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