John Hoven of Mayor's Manor ( and Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period ( cover the NHL from their home base in Los Angeles. Known as both influencers and insiders, the duo are weekly staples on satellite and terrestrial radio. Dennis is the Los Angeles Chapter Chair of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and John's Mayor Manor is a go-to source for LA hockey news and views for over a decade. Not affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings, Sacramento Kings or Kings of Leon.


June 19, 2024 77 mins

The Mayor and DB discuss the trade no one saw coming -- PL Dubois for Darcy Kuemper and the ramifications from the shocking deal. LAK prospect Andre Lee returns for another appearance. 

KOTP Bullet Points: 

  • The trade between the LA Kings and the Washington Capitals involving Pierre-Luc Dubois and Darcy Kuemper has significant implications for the Kings' roster.
  • Quinton Byfield is expected to move back to center, whi...
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The #1 KOTP guest -- LAK Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yannetti makes his return. 

In this episode, John and DB discuss various topics including their experiences attending sporting events, the upcoming NHL draft, recent additions to the LA Kings coaching staff, contract updates for players, and the excitement surrounding prospect Andre Lee. They also touch on the upcoming Stanley Cup Final and their travel plans. Mark...

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The guys discuss potential LAK changes after another first round elimination at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers. 

Show notes:

  • The Kings' offseason plans, including potential trades and signings, will become clearer in the coming months.
  • The goaltending situation for the LA Kings is evaluated.
  • Possible roster changes for the Kings are speculated upon.
  • The performance of the Ontario Reign in the AHL playoffs is analyze...
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April 30, 2024 40 mins

With the LA Kings on the brink of elimination, the guys discuss short and long term implications facing the organization and look ahead to Game 5 Kings-Oilers.  Also in the conversation:

  • Kyle Clifford handshake line incident.
  • A spin around the other Stanley Cup Playoffs including the Leafs drama and Jets quick elimination. 
  • Ontario Reign update 

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DB in Edmonton, The Mayor home in LA....

They discuss the LA Kings' performance in game one of the playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers. They analyze the Kings' defensive struggles, lack of physicality, and the need for a change in the goaltending. 

They also touch on the upcoming AHL Calder Cup playoffs and the Ontario Reign's chances. The conversation includes a discussion on the Kings' overa...

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April 18, 2024 51 mins

The last regular season game brings the last regular season episode of KOTP! 

The guys discuss:

  • Eastern Conference SC Playoffs matchups
  • The usage of Carl Grundstrom. Akil Thomas and Alex Turcotte for the post-season
  • The annual LAK media awards 
  • A farewell to Jeff Carter 

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April 10, 2024 88 mins

As the final four games of the LAK regular season approaches, prospect Ryan Conmy joins the Mayor for a 1-on-1.

Some nights they're Kings, others Kongs. DB and The Mayor discuss LAK's inconsistent play down the stretch. 


  • Speculation about the Arizona Coyotes potentially relocating to Utah, but the situation is still uncertain.
  • Talk of a second NHL team in Toronto, but the details are unclear.
  • Impo...
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April 2, 2024 61 mins

Bullet points for Episode 186:

  • The LA Kings have been inconsistent in their recent games, showing both strong performances and disappointing losses.
  • The team has struggled to hold leads, which has cost them valuable points in close games.
  • Improvement in five-on-five play is crucial for the team's success, as they cannot solely rely on their power play.
  • Lineup changes may be necessary to address issues and improve performance.
  • U...
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March 26, 2024 53 mins

In this Episode 185,  with DB in Canada the guys discuss the recent games of the LA Kings and the impressive performances of certain players. They talk about the physicality of the games and the importance of winning against tough opponents. The conversation touches on the potential re-signing of Trevor Lewis and the upcoming decisions the Kings will have to make regarding their roster and salary cap. 

Overall, the Ki...

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March 18, 2024 62 mins

In this episode, John and Dennis discuss various topics including the Team USA hockey players, the GM meetings, proposed changes to the game, and the Amazon behind-the-scenes series. 

They also analyze Victor Arvidsson's return, potential line combinations and provide a recap of the Kings' recent games. Also discussed -- the Washington Capitals' playoff chances and the possibility of expanding the Stanley Cu...

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March 4, 2024 66 mins

In this episode, DB and The Mayor discuss their recent trips to Las Vegas and San Diego and share their experiences at concerts and reflect on the performances. 

They also discuss the passing of Ole Anderson and the impact he had on the wrestling industry. 

The guys provide updates on the NHL trade deadline, the signing of Aaron Dell and also announce an upcoming guest appearance on Puckdoku. 

The convers...

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February 25, 2024 56 mins

In this episode, John and Dennis discuss the LA Kings' recent three-game homestand and the impact of injuries on the team. They also bid farewell to Helene Elliott, a Hall of Fame reporter who recently took a buyout from the LA Times. 

The conversation covers the team's performance in each game, including the slow start against Columbus, the tough matchup against Nashville, and the close victory over Anaheim. The...

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February 12, 2024 45 mins

The guys discuss the successful coaching debut of Jim Hiller behind the LAK bench. 
DB congratulates a certain NFL fan base. 
The Mayor gives his take on how the impending return of Viktor Arvidsson affects the forward depth chart. 

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The guys discuss the departure of Todd McLellan after 4 1/2 seasons behind the LAK bench. 
DB discuss his adventures at the NHL All Star weekend in Toronto. The Mayor gives his thoughts on the expansion of the international hockey calendar. 

You can find us on X/Twitter at @kingsofthepod

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January 25, 2024 87 mins

Another session of Kings ReHab for those who need it! 
One of the KOTP OG's Stephen Nelson makes his return. 
DB has some things to say about the climate around LAK. 
The Mayor gives a salary cap lesson. 

You can find us on X/Twitter at @kingsofthepod

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January 19, 2024 88 mins

To steal a line from a Supertramp album, "Crisis, What Crisis?" The guys dissect LAK GM Rob Blake availability and what's gone south.

Former LA Dodgers GM and current San Jose Sharks scout Ned Coletti joins to talk puck and ball. 

You can find us on X/Twitter at @kingsofthepod

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January 10, 2024 55 mins

Using the words of Coach Todd McLellan, LAK "is in one" as the guys offer some Kings Rehab and try to make sense of the team's current winless streak. 

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December 31, 2023 60 mins

The guys go retro by recording an episode postgame Kings-Oilers at Arena. The Mayor and DB discuss LAK recent mediocre play and roster implications,  take listener questions and present their holiday season gifts. 

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December 21, 2023 85 mins

LAK goaltending prospect returns to KOTP for a 1-on-1 with The Mayor.
The guys cover the last week including a discussion around PL Dubois. 

You can find us on X/Twitter at @kingsofthepod

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December 14, 2023 73 mins

Rocker Julian James of the Love Bombs joins the Mayor for a 1-on-1 about music and puck.
The guys discuss the #GabeGotRevenge game and possible tinkering to the lineup. 

You can find us on X/Twitter at @kingsofthepod

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