What a great time it is to be a fan of the Los Angeles Kings. The team is still basking in the glory of its second Stanley Cup championship in three years, the sport of hockey is continuing to grow in Southern California, and the club’s nucleus is intact for years to come. GM Dean Lombardi re-signed playoff hero Marian Gaborik to a cap-friendly deal, re-signed veteran Matt Greene, and will be holding on to center Mike Richards, thus giving the Kings unparalleled depth at the center position.
As such, there likely are not too many significant moves remaining in the Kings’ offseason, but there are still plenty of social media outlets to follow in order to keep tabs on some interesting, informative, and fun tidbits — not to mention track the journey of the Stanley Cup from player to player this summer.
LA Kings Website
Perhaps the most entertaining item stemming from the Kings’ official website is the team’s Twitter account. “Often imitated, never duplicated,” the Kings’ Twitter account not only provides constant updates on the team’s happenings, but usually does so with a comedic flair.
brb gonna go find @channingtatum and ask him to hold us during the overtime.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 14, 2014
The team site also features regular links to content from LA Kings Insider, run by Jon Rosen. LAKingsInsider.com “provides in-depth, independent coverage of the Los Angeles Kings.” One of Rosen’s best features is his annual individual player evaluations. These evaluations live up to the site’s description, going in depth to cover the good and the bad from the past season, as well as what lies ahead for each player. The most recent player evaluation was on center Jarret Stoll. Rosen’s Twitter account is probably the best way to stay on top of LA Kings Insider content.
Los Angeles Times
The LA Times is probably the biggest newspaper in the city, and while it might not offer quite the in-depth coverage of some more specialized Kings outlets, it is on top of the latest goings-on with the hockey club. Lisa Dillman and Helene Elliott are the primary writers for the team, and both provide frequent content on Twitter.
LA Daily News
The LA Daily News also offers some newspaper and online coverage for the Kings. Elliott Teaford covers the team, and also writes on the Daily News’ associated blog, Inside The Kings. Teaford also is a strong presence on Twitter and covers other sports, such as baseball, in addition to hockey.
The Royal Half is a fun and comprehensive blog about the Kings, with the tagline, “Confessions of a LA Kings Half-Season Ticket Holder” (hence the name). Besides traditional blog posts, The Royal Half and its team of writers has podcasts, numerous thematic features about the team, and other fun content that can satiate Kings fans at any time, including the now fairly quiet offseason.
Marian Gaborik leaves Ohio and immediately is a winner. Good luck, LeBron.
— The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) July 11, 2014
Jewels from the Crown is part of SB Nation’s series of blogs, and in addition to providing solid coverage of the Kings, it encourages fans to interact with their own posts of media content via Fanpost (a standard SB Nation feature).
Mayor’s Manor is a site run by John Hoven, a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. His site about the Kings includes blog articles, interviews, podcasts, and more.
Players and Other Accounts to Follow
One of the most fun aspects of the social media world is the ability for fans to have more interaction with and to get a better look into the lives and thoughts of players and key figures (but, of course, only as much as these people are willing to share). Without further ado, here are some of the players and other key figures around the team who are on Twitter:
- Drew Doughty
- Anze Kopitar
- Jonathan Quick
- Dustin Brown
- Mike Richards
- Marian Gaborik
- Alec Martinez
- Tyler Toffoli
- Jarret Stoll
- Trevor Lewis
- Jim Fox (former player and current TV color commentator on FSN)
- Daryl Evans (former player and current radio color commentator for the Kings)
And of course, we here at The Hockey Writers like to think we provide some pretty solid coverage of the Kings as well. Please also feel free to comment about any other Kings social media outlets you like to frequent or would recommend to Kings fans — with so many great sources out there, it’s likely that some might have been missed. This list, though, should be enough to prevent LA fans from becoming bored this offseason.