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Los Angeles Kings host 'Business of Hockey' seminar, defeat Florida Panthers

LA Kings host business seminar and defeat the Florida Panthers
LA Kings host business seminar and defeat the Florida Panthers
Rick Kim

Los Angeles – Last Saturday, the Kings organization hosted a seminar discussing various aspects of the NHL as a business. Held at Regal Cinemas, the seminar featured two panels, comprised of executives and professionals from the sports industry.

Moderating the discussions was Fox Sports reporter, Alex Curry. Curry spurred on discussion among the panelists and fielded questions from the audience, among whom included MBA students and business-minded hockey fans.

Panel guests included:

Panel #1: The Business of Hockey: Industry Customs, Current Trends, and the Future of the Industry
Rob Blake - Assistant General Manager (LA Kings)
Warren Woo - Co-Owner (Nashville Predators)
Chris Zimmerman - Former President (Easton Sports) & former President and CEO (Canucks Sports & Entertainment)
Jim Fox - TV Color Commentator (LA Kings)

Panel #2: Make Me An Offer: Negotiations and Talent Representation
Pat Brisson - NHLPA Agent and Co-Head of Hockey Division (CAA)
Luc Robitaille - President, Business Operations (LA Kings)
Jeff Solomon - Vice President, Hockey Operations & Legal Affairs (LA Kings)
Ron Salcer - NHLPA Agent (Icy Luck, Inc.)

Each panel lasted one hour, and panelists spoke about their individual insights about the industry, providing anecdotal stories from their careers as sports industry professionals.

After the sessions were completed, attendees attended the Kings-Panthers game at Staples Center. At the game, the Kings handily defeated the visiting Florida Panthers, who were second to last in the Eastern Conference standings.

With only 11 games remaining for the Kings in the regular season, and division rival Phoenix just seven points behind the Kings for third place in the Pacific Division, victories are becoming more critical.

Notably, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick secured a milestone achievement with that win, setting a franchise record for the most wins as a netminder. The record was previously held by Rogie Vachon, who had 172 wins during his 1971-1978 career with the Kings.

Next Saturday, the Business of Hockey seminar will wrap up its two-part series with presentations from the following panels:

Panel #1: The Role and Impact of Media
Daryl Evans - Radio Color Commentator (LA Kings)
Jeff Moeller - Senior Director, Communications and Content (LA Kings)
Sean O'Donnell - Manager, Fan Development and Alumni Relations (LA Kings)
Ron Salcer - NHLPA Agent (Icy Luck, Inc.)

Panel #2: Getting In & Staying In: Tips on Breaking Into and Succeeding in the Sports Industry
Kelly Cheeseman - Chief Operating Officer (AEG Sports)
Jack Ferreira - Special Assistant to the General Manager (LA Kings)
John Keenan - Senior Vice President and General Counsel (AEG)
David Carter - Principal (Sports Business Group) & Executive Director, USC Marshall Sports Business Institute (USC)

Tickets for the upcoming seminar session are available for purchase here.

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