The Los Angeles Kings began their first training camp under coach Todd McLellan Friday at the Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo with two practices and a scrimmage.
The Kings divided the 60 players on their roster into three groups. Friday’s practices began with a scrimmage between players in Group A and Group B.
The team will hold a Training Camp Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 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 to 2:30 p.m.
There will be photo opportunities with life-size Kings bobbleheads. A DJ will play music. 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 games against the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center and in Glendale, Arizona. They will 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 as interim coach after replacing John Stevens, who was fired Nov. 4 after the Kings 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’s worst.
McLellan coached the San Jose Sharks from 2008-15, wining three Pacific Division championships and twice reaching the Western Conference finals, and Edmonton Oilers from 2015 until being fired 20 games into last season.