Howdy ho folks, I’m here to discuss the rumors around Dustin Brown losing the “C” for the Kings. I personally think Drew Doughty gets the “C”, Greene keeps the “A” till his retirement, and Kopitar gets the other “A”. Brown has been slumping the last 2 seasons. His only major stats are body checks. I could see Brown out of LA in the next couple years, but that article is for another day and time. Doughty for Captain, why? Drew has shown both great defensive skills and some pretty impressive offensive moves in the past 3 years. Drew has played an important role in the 2 Stanley Cup victories for the Kings. Drew’s stats this year were 7G, 39A for 46 points and a 3+/-, to Brown’s 11G, 16A, for 27 points and a -17. This says it all. Brown is also 30 years old, and I think the Kings need a younger player to be the face of the franchise. Drew is 25.
The Ralph Englstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is the home of University of North Dakota Boys and Girls Hockey teams. The arena holds roughly 13,000 people and nearly every boys game and select girls sell out. The Arena was funded by the late Ralph Englstad, a well known UND alumni and former goalie. Ralph was a multimillionaire and gave 1.5 million to build the new arena.
Building and Fighting Sioux logo controversy
In 2001, mid way through construction, the NCAA threatened to ban the Sioux from all postseason play if they didn’t remove the logo from everything. This made Englstad threaten that if they removed the logo, he would remove the given money. The UND lawyers countered with the fact that the Florida State Seminoles logo had not been threatened. The logo was still used until recently in 2012, when the people of North Dakota voted to remove the nickname as a whole to avoid hefty fines against the School.
The reason for this article
Today, July 15, 2015, the Ralph recieved it’s 15th flood of the arena. Also, some facts about the arena. The arena echoes very loud, making it very hard for other teams to play there. I also played 2 games at the Ralph in 2014. The arena looks very big from the ice, and the fan base for UND makes the whole crowd green.
Reason #1: Offence
The Kings Offencive core of Kopitar, Carter, and Marian Gaborik is deadly when they need to be. Even defenseman Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez show some explosiveness with the puck. The Kings also have recently acquired Milan Lucic to use up front.
Reason #2: Goaltending
The goaltening duo of Jonathan Quick and Jhonas Enroth ccombined with a strong defensive group will be more than enough to keep the Kings in close games. Assuming Quick will start, Enroth will probably play plenty of games as well, if Quick gets tired or should fall into any slump/injuries.
Reason #3: Clutch
We have all seen it before: the 3-0 comeback vs the Sharks, the 8th seed- turned champions, and many more situations. The Kings are clutch, and if they make the playoffs, they will more than likely go deep. Lots of pressure will be on Head Coach Darryl Sutter to perform well this year, and for the players to execute, or Sutter may very well be gone from LA.
Say what you will about the LA Kings not making the 2015 NHL playoffs, but the Kings AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs had a monster year, winning the Calder Cup. This is certainly a thing for Kings fans to look forward to. 2 prospects I’m personally looking forward to seeing in the chel are Forwards Nic Dowd and Paul Bissonette. Dowd, just out of college, scored a big goal in OT of game 2 in the Calder Cup Final. Bissonette, who led the team in PIMs, was recently inked to the LA Kings roster. Other big name prospects are David Van Der Gulk and Brian O’neil.