Go West, Stanley Cup - LA Kings Insider

The Stanley Cup reached its westernmost point on its summer tour yesterday when it visited Willie Mitchell in Port McNeil, B.C. Mitchell made it memorable, with an early-morning fishing trip and a helicopter ride. (Fun fact about the Cup tour: the trophy must wear a “life jacket” when it is on water. Hopefully it never needs CPR.) Mitchell’s day came after Matt Greene had the Cup in Grand Ledge, Mich., and after Dean Lombardi had it in Massachusetts. So, if nothing else, it’s good to know that the Cup survived its trip to the El Cid Lounge. I talked to Lombardi the next day and he sounded tired. Here’s a few links about the Cup’s recent travels…

Kings’ Matt Greene brings Stanley Cup to Grand Ledge

For Lombardi, day with Cup all about giving back

Mitchell takes Stanley on the water

After tumultuous season, Cup defense already in sight

As to the final link, Lombardi and Ron Hextall were able to offer no predictions this week as to if training camp might start on time. It seems as though the players and owners are starting the process of digging in their heels, preparing for a potential lockout on Sept. 15. The Kings, though, are going about their business. As he indicated in the article above, Lombardi said Darryl Sutter is keeping close tabs on the players’ conditioning this summer and is pleased, which Lombardi feels would mitigate the dreaded “Stanley Cup hangover.” Lombardi didn’t offer anything new on Jonathan Quick, but only echoed what Ron Hextall had said a day earlier. The hope remains that Quick will be ready for the (presumed) start of camp, but that depends on his body’s ability to heal. In any event, it doesn’t sound as though anything at all has changed with Jonathan Bernier’s status. While the Kings have had their ears perked for months, listening to potential offers, they haven’t yet found one they like. He won’t be traded simply for the sake of a trade.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.