The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League will have Star Wars Night on Jan. 12 when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Staples Center. Fans will receive a Star Wars beanie courtesy of Mammoth Mountain.
The Kings are the hottest team in the Western Conference at the moment. Heading into Christmas, they have a three-game winning streak and are only eight points back of the Edmonton Oilers for a playoff spot. The Penguins meanwhile also have won three straight games and are currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 42 points. The Kings' leading scorer is Anze Kopitar, who has eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points. The Penguins' leading scorer is Sidney Crosby, who has 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points.
In Kings promotional news, the Kings are promoting an after Christmas sale six-game holiday pack and an after Christmas sale four-game holiday pack. The Kings are also encouraging people to register for their hockey development series and summer camps in 2019. The hockey development events include a Coach's Eye Clinic Series at the LA Kings Valley Ice Center on Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and Feb.24 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; a Daryl Evans Intermediate Workshop at the Simi Valley Iceoplex on March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m; a learn to skate session at Paramount Iceland on March 9, 16, 23, 30 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and an elite showcase where high school and midget players will be able to show off their skills in front of Junior and college scouts from April 5 to 7 at the Toyota Sports Center.
Meanwhile, there are eight summer camps the Kings are promoting. They include a camp open to players at the mite, squirt, bantam and peewee level at the Stumptown Ice Den in Whitefish, MT from June 17-21, a camp open to all youth players at the Snow King Sports and Events Center in Jackson, WY from Aug. 12-16, a camp at the Toyota Sports Center from Aug. 5-9, a camp at the LA Kings Icetown Riverside from June 24-28, a camp at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena from July 29-Aug. 2; a camp at the Park City Ice Arena from July 8-12, a competition camp at the Ice in Paradise Santa Barbara from July 15-19, and a girl's elite camp at the Toyota Sports Center from July 22-26.
In Kings news, the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver started on Dec. 26 with five Kings prospects participating. They are Jaret Anderson-Dolan of the Spokane Chiefs and Markus Phillips of the Owen Sound Attack, who are representing Team Canada, Rasmus Kupari on Team Finland, Johan Sodergren of Team Sweden and University of Minnesota Duluth defenseman Mikey Anderson, who is the captain for the United States. Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi was supposed to represent Team Canada but had to pull out because of a back injury.
In Kings transaction news, the Kings called up left winger Austin Wagner on Dec. 21 and sent down Daniel Brickley to the Ontario Reign on Dec. 24. Wagner has three goals and four assists for seven points in 24 games with the Kings and three goals in seven games with the Reign. Brickley has two goals and three assists for five points with the Reign and one assist in four games with the Kings.
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