Mike Richards pulled on his official Kings jersey for a press conference in July and for some official team photos last week, but tonight he will wear it for real for the first time (at least as “real” as things get in exhibition play.) Richards will play against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight on a line with Dustin Brown and Brad Richardson (their regular linemate, Simon Gagne, will miss the game after suffering from flu symptoms this week). After today’s morning skate, Richards talked about his transition to the Kings during training camp…

Question: You’d had a lot of practices and meetings, but getting on the ice for a game, how much will that help you tonight?

RICHARDS: “It’s just nice to get things started. You can practice all you want, on the Xs and Os side of things, but the important thing is getting into games and getting chemistry with your linemates and your new teammates. That’s going to be the biggest thing to get adjusted to.”

Question: Having some guys that you knew from Philadelphia, how much has that helped to ease the transition?

RICHARDS: “With the coaches, it’s open communication with a lot of things. Having Simon here, playing on the line, obviously makes it easier. I know how he plays and we’ve had some chemistry before, so that makes it easier too, to just have familiar faces to come to the rink to and not have to get to know everybody. It makes it easier.”

Question: Terry (Murray) and John (Stevens), have they changed a lot from what you remember, or is a lot of it the same?

RICHARDS: “It’s pretty close to the same. There are some Xs and Os that have changed but it’s pretty much the same style and demeanor. You’re coming into the season intense, with a lot of work in training camp. That expectation to win, and the intensity to win, is there. I’m excited to get started tonight.”

Question: How is Southern California treating you so far?

RICHARDS: “It’s different than what I’m used to, but I like it. Obviously any time you wake up by the beach, it’s a good thing. Everyone on the team has treated me well and welcomed me. I obviously appreciate that, and it makes it a lot easier, I think, with the transition.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

VIEW ALEC MARTINEZ POSTS
Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

VIEW ANZE KOPITAR POSTS
Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

VIEW DREW DOUGHTY POSTS
Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
VIEW TYLER TOFFOLI POSTS

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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.

VIEW JEFF CARTER POSTS
Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

VIEW JONATHAN QUICK POSTS