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

Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk  - Photo By Andy Martin Jr

5 of the Most Incredible Shootout Goals You’ll Ever See

Do a quick search for the word ‘shootout’ here at The Hockey Writers (top right corner of the page) and you’ll notice a plethora of posts questioning its validity, suggesting […]

by · January 28, 2015 · 0 comments · Top 10 Lists
Travis Zajac battles Mike Richards (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

The L.A. Kings Waive Mike Richards: Early Reactions

stun·ning (stŭn′ĭng) adj. 1. Causing or capable of causing emotional shock or loss of consciousness. For Kings fans, the news about Mike Richards being placed on waivers was a puck […]

(Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)

NHL to Seattle: The NBA Is Blocking the Shot

The simmering topic of NHL expansion to the city of Seattle may have plenty of support, but also its share of detractors. Those in favor of adding an expansion team […]

by · January 25, 2015 · 2 comments · News/Commentary
Mike Richards posted 32 points this season (Photo by Bridget Samuels).

Will Long-Term Contracts Ultimately Hurt the L.A. Kings?

To the average fan, management’s general strategy of locking up key players to long-term contracts is not only pleasing, but often downright exciting. Witness this report from 2011: The […]

This guy is in Anaheim's heads a bit...from the LA Kings. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Kings First Half Report Card

In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry — Roger Staubach Captain Comeback’s observation carries a patently simple message. It isn’t usually the most talented club that […]

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Note to Kings Coach Darryl Sutter: Renew ‘That 70s Line’

The whole is more than the sum of its parts — Aristotle In the face of all my recent blather about the slippage on defense the Kings have seen this […]


The 2014-15 L.A. Kings: Dr. Jekyll Wrestles with Mr. Hyde

The Kings haven’t historically been a team that has done things the easy way, but this year, they’re really beginning to push it. Following Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Calgary […]

Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings are within one win of the Stanley Cup (Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE)

Is the Los Angeles Kings’ Defense in Decline?

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without — Dwight D. Eisenhower The parallels between hockey […]

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The NHL’s Top 5 Defensive Teams in 2014-15

The only defensive war is a war of defense — Gilbert K. Chesterton Gil’s circular logic notwithstanding, there is clearly a correlation between defensive success and winning in the NHL. […]

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10 Potential Names for a New Seattle NHL Franchise

Sports back in Grandpa’s heyday were so much easier than they are today. Case in point: team monikers. Back then, franchise names were so simple, so logical that they rolled […]

The Kings’ Dustin Brown Resurrects His Offense

The Kings’ Dustin Brown Resurrects His Offense

Like millions of viewers, I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead. If you haven’t seen it, check out the first episode of season one. Even if you’re not into […]

A mustachioed walking cannon with superfluous wheels? Hockey fans enjoy funny mascots and clever tweets.  Credit: By Michael Miller (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

5 of the Best NHL-Related Tweets You’ve Ever Seen

For a game replete with big, fast, tough players with questionable dental plans, hockey is a pretty funny sport in many ways. After all, not only are there goofy mascots, […]

by · November 30, 2014 · 4 comments · Humor, Top 10 Lists