Kings of Vegas, and looking ahead - LA Kings Insider

The celebration has continued for the Kings, who, after Thursday’s victory parade and rally, took the Stanley Cup to Las Vegas. Spotted in Las Vegas, in various pictures at the Venetian (photo above, from the TAO club) and Palms hotels, have been Jonathan Bernier, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Davis Drewiske, Simon Gagne, Matt Greene, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Jordan Nolan, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards, Brad Richardson, Rob Scuderi, Jarret Stoll and Kevin Westgarth. Dustin Brown is still in Southern California and Colin Fraser is driving — yes, driving — to Alberta to be with his family. The rest of them? Well, they’re having fun somewhere.

This, of course, will be the shortest offseason in Kings history. The NHL Draft will take place next Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh, and the free-agency period starts on July 1. Due to become unrestricted free agents are Fraser, Stoll, Dustin Penner and Scott Parse, along with minor-leaguers Trent Hunter, Ethan Moreau, Patrick Mullen and Jeff Zatkoff. After that, the Kings will have their development camp in July, then it’s all up in the air. The NHL collective-bargaining agreement is set to expire on Sept. 15, meaning that the threat of a labor stoppage looms.

Things won’t slow down much here. There will be player evaluations from the season, coverage of the draft and free agency and, of course, the tracking of the Stanley Cup. I’ve had a lot — a lot — of questions and emails about appearances of the Cup. Nothing has been set yet. Remember that every player and coach, and many staff members, get to spend a day with the Cup. So that’s probably 50 days that the Cup will be spoken for, and most of those celebrations will be private. I’m certain that, when the Kings have public viewings of the Cup, they will be well-promoted, and I’m sure the Cup will be present at events such as the September “Hockey Fest,’’ assuming there is labor peace.

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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.