While wondering if Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi still thinks it was such a great idea to trade Michael Cammalleri, now a playoff catalyst for the surprising Montreal Canadiens, we came across some newsworthy hockey-related items….
Kings TV analyst Jim Fox and former King Dave Taylor are busy organizing the Dave Taylor/Jim Fox 22nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic, to be held June 14 at Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark.
The event will include a dinner that will be emceed by Bob Miller. Radio broadcaster Nick Nickson and alumni Gary Edwards, Glen Murray, Brad Norton, Luc Robitaille and Ian Turnbull have said they will attend, in addition to Fox and Taylor. More alums are expected to attend the festivities.
Fox is hoping for donations of cash or items that can be auctioned to raise money for cystic fibrosis patient care and research. Information on registration and donations is available at losangeles.cff.org/davegolfclassic
The U.S. men’s team lost to Finland, 3-2, at the World Championships in Cologne, Germany, falling to 0-2-1 and dropping into the relegation round. Team USA’s captain is Kings defenseman Jack Johnson.
Canada lost its captain, Kings winger Ryan Smyth, after he fractured his ankle a few days ago. Canada lost to Switzerland, 4-1, on Wednesday.
Its leading scorer is Ducks winger Corey Perry, who has a goal and four points in three games. Perry is trying to join Ducks teammate Scott Niedermayer as the only players in hockey history to have won five major titles: Perry has already won the Stanley Cup (2007), the Memorial Cup (2005, for supremacy in junior hockey), an Olympic gold medal (at Vancouver in February) and the world junior title (2005). Niedermayer also has won a sixth title, having won the World Cup. Unless that’s revived soon, Niedermayer’s six-pack of titles could be untouched.
The NHL Network will air the Memorial Cup starting Friday through May 23. The tournament, which features the top four teams in junior hockey, will provide a peek at some of the kids who will be walking to the podium at the NHL draft June 25-26 at Staples Center.
It’s also a great chance to look at kids who have already been drafted, such as Kings prospects Brayden Schenn of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Brandon Kozun of the Calgary Hitmen, as well as Ducks prospect Nicolas Deschamps of the Moncton Wildcats.
The broadcasts will start Friday with a preview show and play will begin on Saturday.
-- Helene Elliott