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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.

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Recent Articles by Walter

The Anaheim Ducks starting goalie for the season. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

The 5 Biggest Early Surprises of the 2014-15 NHL Season

The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror — Hans Georg Gadamer Most people seem to enjoy opinion-based lists, whether they be found here at The Hockey Writers or elsewhere […]

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

Will the Kings’ Jonathan Quick Win the Vezina This Year?

It goes without saying that it’s early, thus any recitation of stats has to be taken with a grain of salt. One bad game can skew the numbers quickly, and […]

Justin Williams (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Is the Ice Tilting the Wrong Way for the Kings?

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics — Mark Twain When you’re the defending Stanley Cup champs and it’s early in the new season, there isn’t […]

Tyler Toffoli has had a torrid November, making him a hard to ignore option in most fantasy formats. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

‘That 70s Line’ Leads the L.A. Kings to Early-Season Success

Much like outstanding player nicknames, hockey history is filled with some terrific forward line names. Who hasn’t heard of the ‘Legion of Doom’ trio of Eric Lindros, John LeClair and […]

Could the Arizona Coyotes Be Headed to Seattle in 2018?

Could the Arizona Coyotes Be Headed to Seattle in 2018?

The Seattle Coyotes. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Of course, were the Arizona Coyotes to exercise the out-clause of their arena lease and move to the Seattle […]

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Kings Ready, Willing and Able to Defend Their Crown

Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love — Ovid Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC – AD 17) probably wasn’t referring to the Los Angeles Kings with […]

(Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

5 of the Funniest Nicknames in NHL History

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive — Thomas Chandler Haliburton A little over a year ago, I wrote a piece listing what I believed […]

by · September 30, 2014 · 9 comments · Humor, Top 10 Lists
(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Things to Watch on the 2014-15 Los Angeles Kings Team

Sometimes it just feels like the only thing you do is play hockey and eat — Henrik Lundqvist Between barbecuing, outdoor parties and general miscellany, summer is indeed the season […]

Simon Gagne was presented with his Kings jersey by longtime broadcaster Bob Miller (Photo by Andrew Knoll).

Bob Miller: The L.A. Kings’ Hall of Fame Broadcaster

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller, a thousand words paint a mighty worthwhile picture. Hired by the […]

Tyler Toffoli has had a torrid November, making him a hard to ignore option in most fantasy formats. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Fun and Interesting L.A. Kings Tweets, Part 2

Twitter! It’s like being stalked by committee — David Tennant Most of us appreciate — at least to some extent — the freedom that Twitter affords us. We can follow […]

Marian Gaborik won a Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings and sweet revenge in the process. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

2014-15 Los Angeles Kings Season Preview

It’s preview time. Despite two Cups in three seasons, it’s still difficult for long-time Kings fans to think of our team as not only the best in the NHL, but […]

Investor Victor Coleman could help get the arena project off the ground. Credit: 360 Architecture)

Investor Victor Coleman Behind Latest NHL-to-Seattle Efforts

After nearly derailing just a few short months ago, Seattle’s roller coaster ride toward obtaining an NHL franchise appears to be back on track. Reportedly, a local heavyweight investor is […]

by · August 26, 2014 · 1 comment · News/Commentary, NHL Rumors