Kings' Hockey Fest to start with 'State of the Kings' panel
General Manager Dean Lombardi, Assistant GM Ron Hextall, Coach Terry Murray and Vice President for hockey operations and legal affairs Jeff Solomon are scheduled to participate in a discussion moderated by broadcaster Daryl Evans starting at 9 a.m.
Here's the full schedule for the event, which was shortened to one day despite a seemingly successful launch a year ago:
8 a.m. – Doors open9-10:30 a.m. – "State of the Kings" with Lombardi, Hextall, Solomon and Murray – hosted by Evans (location: covered NHL rink)
10 a.m. – noon – Kings rookie camp practice (location: Olympic ice)10:30 a.m. -- Autograph line opens for Session No. 1 (location: roller hockey rink)
11 a.m.-noon – Autograph Session No. 1 – Jonathan Bernier, Davis Drewiske, Rich Clune, Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus, Scott Parse, Jonathan Quick (location: roller hockey rink)
12:30 p.m. -- Autograph line opens for Session No. 2 (roller hockey rink)1-2 p.m. -- Autograph Session No. 2 – Erik Ersberg, Peter Harrold, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Dustin Brown, Oscar Moller, Willie Mitchell (roller hockey rink)
1:30-2:30 p.m. -- The Life of a King – Jay Wells, Marty McSorley, Luc Robitaille – hosted by Jim Fox (covered NHL rink)2-3 p.m. -- Bailey’s family skate on Olympic ice (Olympic rink)
2:30 p.m. -- Autograph line opens for Session No. 3 (roller hockey rink)3-4 p.m. -- Autograph Session No. 3: Wells, McSorley, Robitaille (roller hockey rink)
3-3:30 p.m. -- Wayne Simmonds and Drew Doughty to play winning fans at the EA Sports Gaming Area (location: roller rink)3:30-4:30 p.m. – "Winning Ways" – Ryan Smyth, Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Rob Scuderi; hosted by Nick Nickson (covered NHL rink)
4-5 p.m. – Kings rookie camp practice (Olympic ice)5-6 p.m. – L.A. Kings pep rally (covered NHL rink); 2010 L.A. Kings, rookies, alumni, staff and ice crew to be introduced
7 p.m. -- Hockey Fest ends.
Tickets cost $15 for Kings season ticket holders and partial plan and group leaders. Tickets for the general public cost $20 and be can purchased by visiting Kings Hockey fest website.
The Kings Care Foundation will be hosting special fund-raising activities at the event to benefit local organizations affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
-- Helene Elliott