Dean Lombardi Talks LA and Hockey

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Will Los Angeles ever fully embrace the sport of hockey? Kings GM tells Fred Roggin it can happen, that if the city gives the team a chance to compete on the same level the Lakers have, they can be right there with LA's basketball dynasty. It's part of Lombardi's compelling interview for Going Roggin.

    He's the architect behind the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

    In large part, the team looks the way it does because of the moves made by Dean Lombardi. In a revealing interview with Fred Roggin, Lombardi talks about the things that might have prevented him from ever coming to the Kings.

    Dean Lombardi's Dilemma

    [LA] Dean Lombardi's Dilemma
    The Kings GM sits down with Fred Roggin and explains that when he fired Terry Murray in December 2011, he knew Darryl Sutter was the man for the job. But the coach told Lombardi he couldn't come for two weeks. The reason will reveal both the character of the Kings' Coach and the strings Lombardi had to pull while leaving the team without a permanent coach for a two week period of their Stanley Cup winning season.

    Growing up in an Italian family, Lombardi went to Tulane Law School and became an attorney, a profession that, in his grandmother's eyes, put him just a step below the Pope. Having played hockey in college, an interview at a law office shifted Lombardi's focus back to the sport he always loved.

    Years later, he'd be pursued by the Kings to become their general manager, a title he now holds. Yet it was another pursuer, another team, that caught his eye from the start. In fact, Lombardi readily admits that Los Angeles wasn't his first choice. The reasons for his eventual change of heart will surprise many Kings fans.

    Kings GM: "I Wanted to go to Boston"

    [LA] Kings GM: "I Wanted to go to Boston"
    Dean Lombardi drops a bit of a bombshell in a wide ranging interview with Fred Roggin, revealing that the Kings were not his first pick when he took over the team in 2006. Even though he grew up in Boston and wanted to take over the Bruins, with whom he had interviewed, a few key ingredients shifted his thinking towards Los Angeles, including none other than Tim Leiweke.

    He has made many personnel moves over his seven seasons with the Kings, but one of his toughest was the decision to change coaches midway through what became the team's Stanley Cup season. A gutty decision to choose a coach that couldn't join the team for two weeks turned out to be one of his best and boldest moves.

    Lombardi talks about all that and much much more in his candid, compelling interview with Fred Roggin for his new Sunday night show, Going Roggin, including the idea that the Kings can win more championships and in turn, capture the hearts of the city just the way the Lakers have done.

    Kings GM: "One Step Below the Pope"

    [LA] Kings GM: "One Step Below the Pope"
    Dean Lombardi tells Fred Roggin why deciding to be a lawyer was a high calling as far as his family was concerned. Part of a wide ranging interview with the Kings' General Manager.