Monarchs Impact Cup Run
From top contributors on the Manchester Monarchs to valuable contributors on the Stanley Cup contender Los Angeles Kings, left wing Dwight King and right wing Jordan Nolan have transitioned well to life in the National Hockey League. King and Nolan are two of 14 players currently on the Kings roster that have suited up for the Monarchs over the years.
King and Nolan were recalled to
Since King and Nolan were inserted to the line-up along with right wing Jeff Carter, who was traded to
King and Nolan have carried their strong regular seasons into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as both have had big goals in Game 3 and Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues, respectively.
“I played two plus years in
Make no mistake about it, the transition from the American Hockey League to the NHL is not easy. The Kings organization has a proven track record of aiding the “jump to the big leagues” but there are some things even the Kings cannot control.
“At first, it took some getting used to the scheduling up here,” explained King. “In
While King and Nolan have settled in on the ice, they are still new to the city of
"It's definitely nice (to have them around),” said Nolan. “Unfortunately, they (Monarchs) went out in the first round (to the Norfolk Admirals) but it is also nice for me to see some familiar faces here. It is nice to have some friends and teammates around from the last couple years (in
Practicing and maintaining focus is exactly what King, Nolan and the rest of the Kings are doing this week as they prepare for the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Final which will decide who represents the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
“We have done well so far knocking off the No. 1 and 2 teams (in the West),” stated King. “Now we are going up against a No. 3 seed (
An exciting, if not an exhilarating time for Kings fans as they have witnessed
Monarchs Country can watch the Kings playoff run with pride knowing that Monarchs players are making a large impact in the make-up of this Kings team and most recently with the seamless transitions of King, Nolan and defenseman Slava Voynov into the line-up as they play large and meaningful minutes down the stretch.