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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

With mountains, lakes, forests and money, about the only thing Seattle doesn't have is the NHL and NBA - yet. Credit: Spmenic, at Wikimedia Commons.

The NHL to Seattle: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When last I wrote on the subject, the sun, moon and stars were aligning perfectly. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was openly discussing expansion, a contingent of Seattle politicos were […]

Adrian Kempe (Photo: Håkan-Nordström)

The Los Angeles Kings 2014 Draft Class: Down and Dirty

The recently-crowned Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings practice a blue collar, grind-it-out style that’s oddly refreshing in the wide open Western Conference. Fancy passing? Try Chicago or Vancouver if […]

Kings Are Kings of NHL After Winning Second Stanley Cup

Kings Are Kings of NHL After Winning Second Stanley Cup

There’s nothing quite like your first Stanley Cup. That is, until you win your second. Such are the feelings the Los Angeles Kings are experiencing after another amazing run through […]

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kings Look to Put a Stranglehold on the Rangers

In many ways, the Los Angeles Kings are a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. They went into the regular season with five players with 30-goals seasons on […]

Justin Williams (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Reasons Why the Kings Will Beat the Rangers

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were the Los Angeles Kings. The never-say-die Kings take on the upstart Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers for the rights to […]

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Kings Push Blackhawks to the Brink with 5-2 Win

It ain’t over till it’s over — Yogi Berra Fueled by a lethal power play, balanced scoring and a stifling, lock-down defense, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks […]

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Five Keys to a Game Seven Victory for the Los Angeles Kings

This first-ever playoff encounter between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks has been exhausting — in the best possible way. Game one saw the Kings win in overtime, thanks […]

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

How the Kings Can Regain the Momentum Against the Ducks

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals — Michael Korda A funny thing happened on the way to a Kings’ series victory over the the […]

(Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE)

The Los Angeles Kings Were Built for the Playoffs

The Los Angeles Kings’ incredible game-tying goal in the dying seconds of Saturday’s playoff game against the Ducks was the stuff of pure Hollywood. With twelve seconds left and the […]

(Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Kings Win Game Five, 3-0; Are the Sharks Now on the Ropes?

The Los Angeles Kings raced up and down the ice from the drop of the puck to the sound of the final horn. They hit, disrupted, passed with precision, and […]

Quick's solid play can only carry the Kings so far down the stretch (Photo by Mike Burns).

Los Angeles Kings On the Brink After 4-3 Overtime Loss to Sharks

They say baseball is a game of inches. In hockey, sometimes a fraction of an inch is all it takes to turn a big win into a crushing loss. Nobody […]

(Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE)

Kings Fall, Can’t Get Up; Sharks Take Game One

In 1989, a ridiculous series of medical alert television commercials was launched, introducing the now-infamous line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” as a helpless senior struggled to right […]