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LA Kings Hockey Fans Ready For ‘Hockey Fest 2009′

sportskingsWith the Dodger season heading down the final two-month stretch, sports fans in the Los Angeles area are getting geared up for Kings Hockey.

 

To help ramp up energy before the October 1 start of official NHL action, the Los Angeles Kings are planning “Hockey Fest, a three-day fan experience featuring franchise stars, a seven-part speaker series and special events just for fans.

 

Hockey Fest will take place August 28-30 at LA Live in  downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $27 each while a ticket for Friday costs $37.

 

Recently, four special additions to the speaker series were detailed. Welcome to LA, Kids Press Conference, Hockey Operations and Enforcers were announced by organizers to complete the special seven-part speaker series for Hockey Fest. These sessions compliment the three previously established; Triple Crown Line re-unites, NHL Experts Panel and Bob Miller’s One Man Show.

 

 

Here is a closer look at the complete speaker series:

 

Welcome to LA – Veterans Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi, who were acquired by the Kings in July, and Justin Williams, who was acquired by the Kings in  February, will be introduced to fans at Hockey Fest and will take part in this special “getting to know the new Kings” program.

 

Kids Press Conference – Young hockey fans will get the opportunity to ask players questions directly in the club’s first ever kids-only “press conference.”  Anze  Kopitar, Matt Greene, Wayne Simmonds and Teddy Purcell are slated to participate.

 

Kings Hockey Operations – Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Head Coach Terry Murray and Vice President/Assistant General Manager  Ron Hextall will be available for fans to ask questions as they preview the upcoming 2009-10 Kings/NHL season.

 

The Enforcers – One of the most unique jobs in sports, tough guys talk about their tough on-ice role as part of this event.  Stu Grimson returns to Southern  California to headline this special panel, which will be announced in full prior to the start of Hockey Fest ’09.

 

LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 will also feature the re-unification of the famed “Triple Crown Line” of Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer, along with Bob Miller’s One Man Show and an NHL Experts Panel featuring Kelly Hrudey, Ray Ferraro and Jim Fox.

 

Additionally, 17 prestigious NHL Trophies will be on display, a StreetLA by TeamLA hockey tournament will take place and ESPN anchor/ESPN.com columnist John Buccigross will serve as the official host.

 

Three-day tickets for LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 – the largest event hosted by the Kings since the 2002 NHL All-Star Game — are also currently on-sale and cost $60.  Tickets for kids five years of age and under are free.  Discounted tickets for groups are also available, and parking for the event runs $8 per day; however a parking pass for all three days is available for $15.

 

 

Friday, August 28

 

6 – 9 p.m.

 

Kick-Off Party

 

Hockey Fest will kick off on Friday with a pep rally-style party in the LA Live Plaza, across the street from STAPLES Center.

 

Highlights of Friday evening include:

 

Team/alumni/special guest introductions – Nokia Theatre

Entertainment – BAND TBA – Nokia Theatre

 

 

Saturday, August 29

 

All Day Festival

 

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

 

10 a.m. — Kids Press Conference, featuring Anze Kopitar, Matt Greene, Wayne Simmonds and Teddy Purcell — hosted by Heidi Androl – Nokia Theatre

 

Noon – NHL Experts Panel, featuring Ray Ferraro, Jim Fox and Kelly Hrudey – hosted by John Buccigross – Nokia Theatre

 

2 p.m. – The Enforcers, featuring Stu Grimson and more — hosted by Nick Nickson – Nokia Theatre

 

4 p.m. – Triple Crown Line, featuring Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer — hosted by Bob Miller – Nokia Theatre…special Season Ticket Member-only autograph session to begin at 5 p.m.

 

Plus:

 

  • All Day Autograph Series beginning at 9:30 a.m. at two alternating stations — Event Tent
  • Memorabilia/Merchandise Vendors
  • StreetLA by TeamLA street hockey tournament – Chick Hearn Court
  • Interactive games/NHL trophies – Event Tent
  • EA Sports Video Game Tournament – Event Tent
  • Beer Garden

 

 

Sunday, August 30

 

All Day Festival

 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

10 a.m. – Kings Hockey Operations — featuring Dean Lombardi, Ron Hextall and Terry Murray — hosted by Daryl Evans – Nokia Theatre

 

Noon – Bob Miller’s One Man Show — hosted by Bob Miller – Nokia Theatre

 

2 p.m. – The New Kings — featuring Ryan Smyth, Rob Scuderi and Justin Williams – Nokia Theatre

 

 

Plus:

 

  • All Day Autograph Series beginning at 9:30 a.m. at two alternating stations — Event Tent

  • Memorabilia/Merchandise Vendors

  • Interactive games/NHL trophies – Event Tent

  • EA Sports Video Game station – Event Tent

  • Beer Garden

 

 

Once the season starts, every Los Angeles Kings game will be broadcast live on KHTS AM-1220.

LA Kings Hockey Fans Ready For ‘Hockey Fest 2009′

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