2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final – Game Six

Cup-winning Kings sell “unprecedented” number of season tickets


The Los Angeles Kings were a pretty solid draw last season. They played to 100 percent capacity at the Staples Center and averaged 17,920 in attendance for their 41 home games.

Now it sounds as though they’ll be an even bigger draw in 2012-13.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Daily News caught up with Kings COO Chris McGowan, who told the paper seasons tickets have been going like hotcakes — the Kings have already sold 15,000, an “unprecedented” number.

More, from the Daily News:

“Ticket sales have been really, really brisk,” McGowan said. “We’re getting to a point where organizationally, it’s all about managing inventory. We’re getting slim in terms of availability. Season-ticket wise, we’re in a position where we’re going to stop selling season tickets because we’re going to be capped out.

“The season-ticket base would be so high where we wouldn’t have an ability to sell any more. We have to take care of partial-plan holders, and we want to keep (tickets) for group ticket sales and individual buyers when we go on sale.”

The Kings have such a passionate fan base, that even last year they sold 12,000 season tickets. But they won the Stanley Cup in such dominant and surprising fashion – going 16-4 as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference – that they attracted a new fan base. And the Kings want to make sure they have some tickets available for those fans who have jumped on the bandwagon, too.

McGowan also predicted that, for the first time in club history, a waiting list for tickets could be implemented.

“Once we exhaust all these processes, we’ll start a waiting list for season tickets,” he said. “Which we suspect will grow.”

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

Pavel Datsyuk,
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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”