February 9 practice quotes: Keaton Ellerby - LA Kings Insider

On how he found out he had been traded:
“I was in bed and Dale Tallon called me. He just said that I had been traded to the Kings. A lot of things rushed through my head in a split second, but now that I’m here, I’m super excited, and I’m just ready to get things going and start a new chapter in my career. I couldn’t have come to a better organization – winning the Cup last year and planning on repeating this year. Yeah, I’m ecstatic right now.”

On whether he sensed that a trade was in the works:
“Not really. There’s always a ‘what-if’ or an ‘X-factor’ or something like that. No, I was just going about my business. We played in Philly the night before. I didn’t expect anything, but like I said, there’s always that ‘what-if’. I got the call in the morning, and here I am.”

On whether he’s familiar with any of the Kings:
“Yeah, I played some Hockey Canada stuff with Drew and Bernie, so I know them from years back. I played against King and Fraser, also, in junior, so I know them a little bit. But other than that, just playing against guys throughout the league. I haven’t played with really anybody. It’ll be a quick transition. Hopefully I get used to the systems and figure things out quick.’

On having played with Doughty:
“Back in juniors we did Under-18 Canada-Russia stuff…I’ve played with him a lot. Obviously, he’s a great player. Being paired with him right now, it’s definitely a positive coming into it. Having a guy like that to be paired up with is pretty exciting. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation to come in to.”

On being coached by Brent Sutter earlier in his career:
“Brent coached us at the Canada-Russia challenge. We were [in Russia] for two weeks and [in Canada] for two weeks.”

On understanding Darryl Sutter:
“Yeah, I understand Sutter very well, actually. I’m an Alberta boy, so they’re kind of legends around there. You know what you’re going to get from Darryl. You know what he wants from you, which is hard work, high battle level, compete and everything like that. I’m ready to come in and work hard for him.”

On getting through his first day of practice:
“The coaching styles are a little bit different. Practice is different. But it’s hockey, right? You just figure it out as you go and just get used to it and it becomes second nature. It was a good practice, day one.”

On how he sees himself fitting in with Doughty:
“I think we complement each other well. Obviously, he’s a very offensive guy. He’s always up in the play. I’m going to be back there – big body, banging guys around and being the physical presence, hopefully, in our pairing. Hopefully we complement each other well and can be a solid pairing for a long time.”

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#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.

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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