About Curtis Zupke

Curtis Zupke grew up in Los Angeles and got hooked on hockey (along with thousands of other Southern Californians) upon Wayne Gretzky’s arrival to the Kings in 1988.

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covered the Anaheim Ducks for the Orange County (Calif.) Register from 2006 to 2011.

His work has also appeared in The Hockey News, Associated Press and QMI Agency (a Quebec-based wire service that serves 250 daily and weekly newspapers in Canada).

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The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL since New Year's Day and now find themselves just nine points out of the final playoff spot in the West. The question, though, is whether they will make a push for the playoffs or sell off some of their aging veterans to the highest...
The trade deadline is coming up, meaning that Pacific Division general managers will have some important decisions to make about key personnel. Which of the five teams will be selling and who will be buying? Anaheim Ducks Buyers or Sellers? The Ducks sit 12 points out of the playoffs...
Andrew Knoll | News/Pacific | Sunday, 05 February 2012 Tags: Pacific Division, Notebook, buyers, sellers, Feb. 27, trade deadline, HPT.com, hockeyprimetime.com, Andrew Knoll
The Kings may love L.A. but, for the final 10 weeks of the season, they will have to get used to life outside of Southern California. They will visit 18 cities and travel thousands of miles. How they perform out of town could determine whether or not they make the postseason. LOS ANGELES –...
Andrew Knoll | News/Pacific | Monday, 30 January 2012 Tags: Los Angeles, Kings, Kyle Clifford, Dustin Brown, Mike Richards, Pacific Division, Andrew Knoll, Hockey, NHL, hockeyprimetime.com
John Tavares is already one of the NHL's best forwards. He also represents the best hope for an on-ice revival of the Islanders franchise, which is largely ignored by the media.  The last five first-overall picks have not had a difficult time acclimating to the NHL. Parick Kane (2007)...
The Dallas Stars are taking a tumble in the Western Conference standings. Injuries to two of their top fowards might not help end the nosedive unless some of the other issues get cured immediately.  The Dallas Stars hoped to soar back into the Western Conference playoff skies, but losing...
Andrew Knoll | News/Pacific | Monday, 23 January 2012 Tags: Dallas, Stars, Western Conference, Pacific Division, Mike Ribeiro, Jamie Benn, Glen Gulutzan, Andrew Knoll, hockey, hockeyprimetime.com, NHL
For most of the year, the Ducks have underperformed and been the Pacific's worst team. Lately, they've been doing some little things right – shooting the puck and winning faceoffs – resulting in a modest streak of six games with a point. ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Ducks, the Pacific...
Andrew Knoll | News/Pacific | Monday, 16 January 2012 Tags: Anaheim, Ducks, Teemu Selanne, Jason Blake, Ryan Getzlaf, NHL, Pacific Division, Hockey, Hockeyprimetime.com, Andrew Knoll |1 comment
Darryl Sutter came to the Kings on December 17 to try to turn the floundering Kings from a pretender to a contender. Despite the team's scoring woes, Sutter has been doing just that and the Kings are starting to believe again. LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings made a coaching...
Andrew Knoll | News/Pacific | Tuesday, 10 January 2012 Tags: Darryl Sutter, Los Angeles, Kings, Jack Johnson, Dustin Brown, Pacific Division, hockey, NHL
Kari Lehtonen was succeeding despite a heavy workload in Dallas, before missing a month with a groin injury. He's back and suddenly the Stars need help keeping up in the Pacific. The groin injury Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen suffered in November was overshadowed by, well, just about every...
J.P. Hoornstra | News/Pacific | Tuesday, 03 January 2012 Tags: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas, Stars, Glen Gulutzan, Jordie Benn, Steve Ott, NHL, hockey
Fresh off a concussion-related stay on injured reserve, Kings center Mike Richards managed to upstage new head coach Darryl Sutter and state his case for team MVP – all in the same week. Darryl Sutter was running late for his first postgame media scrum in five years. The joke floating among...
J.P. Hoornstra | News/Pacific | Monday, 26 December 2011 Tags: Mike Richards, Darryl Sutter, Los Angeles, Kings, concussions, NHL, hockey, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar
Kyle Turris held out and then played in six pointless games for the Coyotes. Now he is off to Ottawa to prove that his claim of being a top-six forward actually is correct and has no regrets about his lengthy contract dispute. ANAHEIM, Calif. – The writing had long been on the wall for...

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