Kings give captain Norstrom two-year extension

Updated: March 6, 2006, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Captain and defenseman Mattias Norstrom has received a two-year contract extension from the Los Angeles Kings.

Defense
Los Angeles Kings

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM G A PTS +/- PIM
58 3.0 19.0 22.0 4 54

Norstrom, 34, joined the Kings in the 1995-96 season and has the longest term of consecutive service on the team.

"We're happy to have Matty continue his career with the Kings," general manager Dave Taylor said Monday. "We appreciate his leadership, dedication and commitment to our organization."

Norstrom said he was happy to stay.

"This organization is committed to winning and I am thrilled that they want me to continue to be a part of it," he said.

The Kings acquired Norstrom from the New York Rangers in March 1996. His career with both teams spans 742 regular season games and 31 NHL postseason games.

"He is all about substance, character and determination," coach Andy Murray said.

Despite the years of Norstrom's consecutive service with the Kings, Luc Robitaille's 14 years leads all current players in total time with the team.


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