California native Kevan Miller reflects on growth of hockey within The Golden State

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ANAHEIM — California has traditionally not been a hockey hotbed over the years, but Kevan Miller can recall the times in which the Iceoplex — the Los Angeles Kings’ go-to practice facility for over a decade — was packed to the brim whenever the club took to the ice.

Considering that same rink was Miller’s go-to spot to work on his game as a kid, it made for quite a few memorable encounters as a budding hockey talent in California — a rare sight at the time.