BURBANK — A large throng of aspiring hockey players sat on the boards in front of the bench at Pickwick Ice Arena in their full equipment. Some in the group tapped their wooden sticks against the boards while the white Zamboni completed its final lap around the resurfaced ice. Once the machine left, many of the 25-30 participants attending the week-long Los Angeles Kings Hockey School Sniper Camp jumped on to the ice for a few minutes of stretching before they were greeted by former Kings player Daryl Evans for an in-depth shooting clinic. Then the action began to unfold in front of the net with Evans, who played for Los Angeles, the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs, diligently providing
As the Los Angeles Kings pulled off a remarkable string of Game 7 victories in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a miraculous comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the opening round versus San Jose, Ali Tahmasbi’s frustrations mounted with each successive victory. Stuck thousands of miles away on a trip throughout Southeast Asia, the lifelong Kings’ fan struggled to find a reliable source to watch his beloved team defeat the likes of Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Kane en route to their second cup in three seasons. Tahmasbi, a former vice president of product management at MySpace, found himself searching furiously for illegal streams of the NHL playoffs on the internet only to be besieged with an assortment of malware, pop-up ads and faulty connections. Shortly after his return to the states, Tahmasbi swung into action.