On Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 the Los Angeles Kings officially open training camp for the 2018-19 NHL season. Camp will be held at Toyota Sports Center, located at 555 N Nash St. in El Segundo; all sessions are open to the public. A total of 60 players are scheduled to participate, as the team tries to win the Stanley Cup for what would be a third time in six seasons. Most notably this offseason, the Kings signed star defenseman Drew Doughty to a long-term contract extension and also came to terms on a three-year deal with former NHL All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk.
Kovalchuk was last seen in the NHL in the strike-shortened 2013 season, as a member of the New Jersey Devils. The Russian star then returned to his native Russia where he starred in the Kontinental Hockey League, scoring 138 goals in 298 regular season games over the course of six seasons. The now 35-year-old sniper has always been a feared goal-scorer, as evidenced by his career total of 417 goals scored in 816 regular season NHL games. His offensive firepower will be a welcome addition to the Kings lineup.
To celebrate the beginning of camp, the Kings will host a Fan Fest event at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Highlighting the event, will be ticket giveaways, photo ops, special prizes, and specials on Kings merchandise. There will also be game-used merchandise available, as well a chance to win a meet and greet with one of the players. Of course, Bailey and the LA Kings Ice Crew will be on hand to make sure things go smoothly. Also, Kings alums Daryl Evans, Derek Armstrong and Kyle Calder will be in attendance to sign autographs.
The Saturday training camp session will be broken down into three groups, with start times of 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, there will be a practice at 9:00 a.m. and then a special Kings vs Kings scrimmage will be played in Ontario at Citizens Business Bank Arena, which is home to the Kings AHL affiliate Ontario Reign. In all, this will be a great weekend for Kings fans to do some scouting of there own, bond with other Kings fans and watch some game action.