Kings, Leiweke, Sutter, Quick honored - LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Sports Council named the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup triumph as the greatest sports moment of 2012 at the 8th Annual L.A. Sports Awards Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton. Jonathan Quick was named 2012’s Sportsman of the Year, Darryl Sutter was named the area’s Coach of the Year, and AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke was named the Sports Executive of the Year.

Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings shared the award for Sportswomen of the Year. Long Beach and Orange County teams, events and sportspeople were also eligible for consideration.

Having won the Stanley Cup for the first time in the organization’s 45-year history, the Kings’ top billing was hardly a shock. Considering Leiweke presided over a pair of championship teams in the Kings and the Los Angeles Galaxy, his nomination wasn’t a surprise, either.

Sutter’s only real competition probably came from Jim Mora, Jr., who guided UCLA Football’s resurgence. Bruce Arena of the Galaxy also likely drew his share of votes. Amongst the longer shots in this category? Don’t overlook what Dan Monson has done to resuscitate Long Beach State’s men’s basketball program, which finished with a 25-9 record a season ago, including a 15-1 sprint through the Big West.

As magnificent as Quick was throughout the Kings’ dream season, he likely had the stiffest competition. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim didn’t turn 21 until the dog days of the 2012 season, yet bat .326 with 30 homeruns, stole an impressive 49 bases and drove in 83 runs en route to the American League’s Rookie of the Year award and second place finish in MVP voting. And while Teemu Selanne likely didn’t come close to either Quick or Trout in Sportsman of the Year voting, leading the Ducks in scoring as a 41-year old is certainly worth a mention, even on a Los Angeles Kings blog.

The full ranking of achievements is as follows:
1. Kings Win the Cup (June 11): The Kings beat New Jersey in six games to win their first Stanley Cup.
2. Galaxy Win MLS Cup (December 1): The Galaxy defeated Houston, 3-1, at the Home Depot Center to win its second consecutive Major League Soccer championship.
3. Mike Trout Wins AL Rookie of Year Award (November 12): The Angels outfielder batted .326 with 30 home runs and was named the League’s top rookie.
4. Clippers Win 17 Straight (November 28 – December 30): The Clippers put together the greatest winning streak in franchise history.
5. Guggenheim Buys the Dodgers (May 1): Guggenheim Baseball Management purchased the Dodgers for a whopping $2.15 billion.
6. Steve Nash and Dwight Howard Join the Lakers (July 4 and August 10): Over the summer, the Lakers acquired two of the NBA’s top superstars via trade.
7. Kim Rhode Medals at Her 5th Straight Olympics (July 29): Rhode, from Monrovia, won a gold medal in women’s skeet and became the first American athlete to medal in an individual or team event in 5 consecutive Olympic Games.
8. UCLA Beats USC to Win Pac-12 South Football Title (November 17): The Bruins defeated the Trojans, 38-28, at the Rose Bowl to clinch the Pac-12 South championship.
9. Clippers Beat Memphis in Dramatic Playoff Series (May 13): The Clippers defeated the Grizzlies 4 games to 3, rallying from 27 points behind in Game 1 and winning Game 7 on the road.
10. Allyson Felix Sprints to 3 Gold Medals in London (August 8, 10 and 11): The Los Angeles native won gold in the 200 meters and as a member of the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

More information on the 8th Annual L.A. Sports Awards can be found here.

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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

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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.