The view from Anaheim - LA Kings Insider

There’s an interesting storyline revolving around two brothers sharing the stage of a championship setting – and no, I’m not here to pile on yet another angle to the Harbaugh-centric Super Bowl. Former LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond takes a look at Rob and Scott Niedermayer within the framework of the terrific 2003 Stanley Cup Final, which marked the first time two brothers faced each other in the Final since 1946. I know there aren’t many Ducks fans here (is there even one?), but this is a good read.
OC Register – Brother battle nothing new for Niedermayers

Anaheim Ducks beat writer Eric Stephens has a game recap that focuses on Nick Bonino, who opened the season skating with Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne before finding a nice groove with Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly on the fourth line last night in recording his first career hat trick. There are also game photos here, though they feature an awful lot of black, metallic gold and orange.
OC Register – Self-promotion fits Ducks’ Bonino to a three

Mark Whicker of the Register has more angles from the game, including the Bruce Boudreau quote I used last night, which included the phrase “fans that hate each other”. In the traditionally close-to-the-vest allusions towards opposing teams by professional coaches and athletes, it’s great to hear such pointed choices of words – something that Boudreau has never shied away from. Whicker was also at Kings practices earlier this week and asked Darryl Sutter about the art of shot blocking, which provided the springboard for yesterday morning’s “Block party” post. For that, I give him a stick tap. His game story is below.
OC Register – Lockout fades as Ducks, Kings and their fans lock in

Jen Neale of Anaheim Calling has your SB Nation recap, which also calls to attention to Jarret Stoll’s second period hit on Cam Fowler.
Anaheim Calling – Hatty for Bonino in Ducks 7-4 win over Kings, lose Fowler indefinitely

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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.