Walter McLaughlin

Walter McLaughlin is a Los Angeles Kings correspondent for The Hockey Writers. He is an avid sports fan, having followed the Kings since living in L.A. in the mid-1970's, as well as suffering through Seattle sports teams' general futility. He has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and has worked in community banking for over 20 years, specializing in SBA loans. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife of 25 years and two daughters.

Recent Articles by Walter

P.K. Subban (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

5 of the Weirdest Hockey-Related Tattoos

As a writer, one of the great things about social media is that the messages and pictures within its digital realms can serve as research material to support a particular […]

by · June 22, 2015 · 0 comments · Humor, Top 10 Lists
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5 Reasons Why It’s so Easy to Love Hockey

A few days ago, contributing writer Dave Begel authored an article explaining why, despite a long history around the game, he didn’t care for hockey. He complained that the […]

by · June 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Humor, Top 10 Lists
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Will the Coyotes Saga End with an NHL Team in Seattle?

People who say ‘Let the chips fall where they may’ usually figure they will not be hit by a chip — Bernard Williams Two years after an 11th hour agreement […]

by · June 15, 2015 · 0 comments · Arizona Coyotes, News
Anze Kopitar

What Should the Los Angeles Kings Pay Anze Kopitar?

In less than a month, the Los Angeles Kings and Anze Kopitar will be able to open negotiations over a contract extension to potentially keep the star center in Los […]

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L.A. Kings 2014-15 Season in Review: The Goaltenders

I didn’t hear him because my two Stanley Cup rings were plugging my ears — Patrick Roy Over the past two weeks, I’ve published the first three segments of a […]

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L.A. Kings 2014-15 Season in Review: The Defense

Bravery is a rampart of defense — Sallust This past week, I posted part one and part two of a four-part series analyzing the performance of the Kings’ players this […]

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L.A. Kings 2014-15 Season in Review: The Wingers

A couple of days ago and in the first of a three-part series reviewing the performances of Kings players in the wake of a 2014-15 season that fell just short […]

Anze Kopitar

L.A. Kings 2014-15 Season in Review: The Centers

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work — Thomas Edison The 2014-15 edition of the Los Angeles Kings may not have struck out 10,000 times […]


Can the Kings’ Drew Doughty Win the Norris Trophy?

What’s the point of competing for a trophy if everyone gets a trophy? — Glenn Beck This past Monday, the NHL announced the names of the three Norris finalists for […]

by · April 30, 2015 · 0 comments · Los Angeles Kings, News
With mountains, lakes, forests and money, about the only thing Seattle doesn't have is the NHL - yet. Credit: Spmenic, at Wikimedia Commons.

Latest News Could Land Seattle an NHL Franchise by 2017

After nearly three years of false starts in Seattle’s attempt to lure the NHL and NBA to town, a fast track toward a new Seattle franchise appears to be underway. […]

by · April 28, 2015 · 0 comments · Editor's Choice, News
Based on prior history, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman probably expects the NHLPA to cave sooner or later. (Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE)

NHL to Seattle: If You Build It, We Will (Probably) Come

Field of Dreams was an overrated 1989 Kevin Costner flick about the ghosts of the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” scandal coming to play in a newly built baseball stadium, situated […]

by · April 27, 2015 · 0 comments · Editor's Choice, News
Tyler Toffoli has had a torrid November, making him a hard to ignore option in most fantasy formats. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

10 Things That Went Right for the L.A. Kings This Season

Last week, I wrote a piece enumerating ten things that went wrong for the Los Angeles Kings this season — things that ultimately torpedoed their efforts to make the postseason. […]

by · April 24, 2015 · 0 comments · Los Angeles Kings, News