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LA Kings to Open Training Camp in El Segundo Under New Coach

Todd McLellan inherits a team that had the second-fewest points in the NHL in the 2018-19 season

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What to Know

  • There will be opportunities to win tickets to the Oct. 12 home opener against Nashville and preseason games and unique Kings items.
  • McLellan was hired April 16 as the Kings third coach in four seasons.
  • The Kings will begin preseason play Tuesday with split-squad gamesagainst the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center and in Glendale, Arizona

The Los Angeles Kings will begin their first training camp under coach Todd McLellan Friday at the Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo, with three practices open to the public.

The Kings have divided the 60 players on their roster into three groups. Friday's practices will begin at 10:50 a.m. with a scrimmage between players in Group A and Group B.

The team will hold a Training Camp Fest from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Toyota Sports Performance Center.

There will be opportunities to win tickets to the Oct. 12 home opener against the Nashville Predators and preseason games and unique Kings items. Kings television analyst Jim Fox and retired Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell, who now works in the team's player development department, will sign autographs from noon-2:30 p.m.

There will be photo opportunities with life-size Kings bobbleheads. A DJ will play music, and Kings game-used equipment will be available for purchase. Admission is free to practices throughout training camp.

The Kings will begin preseason play Tuesday with split-squad gamesagainst the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center and in Glendale, Arizona. Theywill open the regular season Oct. 8 at Calgary.

McLellan was hired April 16 as the Kings third coach in four seasons,not including Willie Desjardins, who coached the team to a 27-34-8 record asinterim coach after replacing John Stevens, who was fired Nov. 4 after theKings got off to a 4-8-1 start.

McLellan inherits a team that had the second-fewest points in the NHL in the 2018-19 season and whose minus-61 goal differential was the league'sworst.

McLellan coached the San Jose Sharks from 2008-15, wining threePacific Division championships and twice reaching the Western Conferencefinals, and Edmonton Oilers from 2015 until being fired 20 games into lastseason.

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