Adam Deadmarsh: Guts and
Freeman and Wendy Flower-Freeman
Acquiring Adam Deadmarsh from the Colorado Avalanche has to rank high
on the list of Kings GM Dave Taylor's accomplishments.
Deadmarsh pours his heart
and soul into every shift, not only banging and grinding, but also filling
Top Shelf talked with
him about his first full season with the Kings.
room, did the players remain upbeat during the difficult start to this
It was pretty positive, for having the record we had in the beginning.
Everyone felt we played pretty well. We just couldn't find ways to win
hockey games. It wasn't like we were just terrible and couldn't win.
I thought we were playing all right, but just could find a way to win.
So the atmosphere was pretty good and we were able to bounce back from
How significant was
the trade that brought Jason Allison to the Kings?
It happened pretty early in the season. We got two great players and
we lost two great players. It was just one of those trades where both
teams got some pretty good players.
What do you see as
being the greatest strengths of the club at this point?
It's our special teams right now. Our power play and penalty-killing
are doing outstanding. They're really winning hockey games for us.
In the playoffs last
year, the Kings had a terrific run. Is that indicative of the club's
I sure hope so. What we did last year was great. But its something that
we can definitely build on. Obviously the first step is to make the
playoffs and we've got quite a battle to compete and get into the playoffs.
difficult was the adjustment for you, coming to the Kings from the Avs?
Well, now that the family's here and were all settled, its been a real
easy adjustment. It was a little tough at first, leaving the family.
But now that they're with me, everything's great.
What do you like about
bringing up a family in Southern California?
The obvious -- the weather's great. We live in a place where, if
you want to get your mind away from hockey a little bit, you can go
walk down to the beach. I really enjoy it.
Was it any easier leaving
the Avs, having already shared in a Cup-winning experience there?
I'm very fortunate to have played the years I did in Colorado, with
great players and a great organization. I was fortunate enough to win
a Stanley Cup. I'll never take that for granted. I'm just grateful for
the years I did play there and look forward to many enjoyable ones in