It's a tough job... - LA Kings Insider

A bit of scary news came over today when the Chicago Blackhawks announced that coach Joel Quenneville had been hospitalized and was in stable condition. Quenneville’s exact ailment was not immediately disclosed, but Quenneville has suffered from fatigue issues in the past and, in general, the stress of a late-season playoff push can’t be healthy for any NHL coach. Along those lines, Terry Murray was asked today about job stress, how difficult it can get and what measures he takes to try to avoid it…

MURRAY: “I know Joel went through a stress-related problem a few years ago, when he was over in Europe coaching Team Canada. Do I know what it feels like? Sure I do. It’s been 30-some years of it now. It’s hard. It’s hard to win when you’re supposed to win. That’s probably the hardest thing there is in sports. When you’re in that position, and you know you’ve got to get the job done and get to the Finals, and everybody is expecting you to get there or repeat, I have spent a lot of sleepless nights. You’re up until 2 in the morning sometimes, looking at your computer trying to figure things out. You’ve got to find some ways to get away from the game, too. You’ve got to spend time with your family. You’ve got to work out. You’ve got to just try hard to train yourself to break away, emotionally and mentally, even if it’s just for that evening. Those are maybe not the right answers, but that’s just something you have to train yourself to do.”

Question: Do you have any hobbies, or things that you try to do?

MURRAY: “I play golf in the summertime. I don’t play in the winter, though. I put the clubs away. I’ll work out. Especially in the early part of the year, I’ll work out. I think that, to me, does a lot. If I don’t work out at the practice facility, I have a bike and I’ll go for a ride on the Strand in L.A., go for a 15-mile bike ride. So it’s just doing something to get some kind of physical activity to get your mind away from the game. It works for me.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.