Getting to Know: Kings left winger Milan Lucic

Mark Malinowski
Milan Lucic. (Getty Images)

Status: Los Angeles Kings left wing.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 235 pounds
DOB: June 7, 1988 In: Vancouver, B.C.

First Hockey Memory: “I remember me and my older brother (Jovan) were a year apart – just going to the rink in East Vancouver there. Playing with, I guess, at the time it was all of our family, friends. We all played in the same organization so – and I think I started at like 3 1/2 – 4 years old, I was pretty young. And I actually scored in my very very first game. And I still have that puck. And I think that’s definitely my first memory of playing hockey.”

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Max Domi, Artemi Panarain, and the question of age in the Calder race

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Max Domi and Artemi Panarin. (Getty Images)

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association may have a few tough choices to make when it comes time to vote for the NHL rookie of the year.

The Calder Trophy was supposed to be a lock for Connor McDavid, the first pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, but that plan was shelved when he suffered a fractured clavicle Nov. 3. McDavid had 12 points in 13 games.

With McDavid temporarily out of the mix, our focus turns to the next wave of rookies and, even though it is still early days in the 2015-16 season, a solid second tier is emerging.

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How Chris Creamer and Chris Smith became the NHL’s jersey insiders

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Chris Creamer and Chris Smith are the insiders whose names you don’t know but whose websites have broken some of hockey’s most colorful stories. Creamer and Smith – of and, respectively – are the McKenzie and Dreger of logo and jersey design.

But neither Creamer nor Smith sought to become a jersey insider. Both were hockey fans who fell into it through a love of design. “(SportsLogos) was an excuse to learn how to make a website, really,” Creamer said. “Back (in 1997) there was no social media, so the only way to express yourself online would be to make a site that was a random collection of your own personal interests. I was really into computers, sports and team uniforms from a very early age.” Read more

Rumor Roundup: Six big-name players most likely to be traded this season

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Heading into the American Thanksgiving long weekend, USA Today’s Kevin Allen listed six NHL players most likely to be traded this winter. The candidates are New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, San Jose Sharks left winger Patrick Marleau, Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Trevor Daley and Calgary Flames rearguard Dennis Wideman.

Of this group, the closest to a certainty is Hamonic. The 25-year-old requested a trade during the off-season for family reasons and Isles GM Garth Snow is trying to accommodate him. A Manitoba native, Hamonic’s preference is Winnipeg or another Western Canadian NHL city. The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche are also possible destinations.

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Kane, Blackhawks rally to beat Ducks

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Patrick Kane (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith scored in the final 1:41 of regulation and Artem Anisimov added the overtime winner as the Chicago Blackhawks erased a 2-0 deficit to edge the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Friday night.

Patrick Kane set up Keith’s fourth of the season at 19:33 of the third period to extend his point streak to 18 games. The streak is tied for the third longest in Blackhawks history and is the longest in the NHL since the 2010-11 season.

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