On the Kings fantasy camp:
“Last year – this is a true story – because they’re in for fantasy camp. These guys – it was a gameday – and I went to Ralph’s on the way home to pick up something to eat, and there were two guys with a grocery cart…full of beer and chips, and they started talking. I said ‘what the hell are you guys doing?’ ‘Oh, we’re here for fantasy camp.’ So they were getting their pregame in – beer and chips. It was right full of beer and chips. And they come every year – they’re from – I forget where they were from – like Vermont or somewhere…good time.”

On whether his ties to the Kings organization are strengthened through meeting alumni:
“Well, I enjoyed Lappy’s night, just because it was the role guy, the blue collar guy, which was pretty neat. Then, Kelly, obviously, I coached Kelly, so that’s different…The year I coached him was actually the last year of his career. It’ll be neat to see his family.”

On if he’ll have a message for Kelly Hrudey’s kids, after having spoken with Ian Laperriere’s kids:
“Well, they’re grown-up, beautiful girls now. They’re not going to look at an old guy with grey hair and take any info from me.”

On where he retains the closest ties to former players and other alumni:
“Oh, I think the Chicago guys for sure. Maggie (Keith Magnuson) was…instrumental around the league in all the alumni part of it. That’s why the Blackhawks one is still so strong, was [that] there are guys that are in Maggie’s age group now that are pretty successful guys in the Chicago area – Cliff [Koroll] and Stan [Mikita], Tony [Amonte]. So that was sort of my coming out, obviously, in Chicago. It’s always good to see all those guys I knew back there. It’s neat before the game, you’ve got sneaking into the coaches room, and after the game it’s awesome to see all those guys.”

On whether he has any added motivation to defeat Calgary, considering a Brenden Morrow assertion that Dave Tippett always wanted to beat L.A., having been an assistant coach there:
“No. I’ve moved past that a long time ago. Brenden Morrow’s only played for one team, right, and I would assume that Tippett [at the time] had only coached one team, too. I played and coached on several teams, and the older you get, the less [it matters]. It basically has no bearing on anything. It’s like talking about the alumni guys. I’ve got players on that team that are good friends of mine. So I’m not talking about Calgary. My only concern is the Kings.”

On whether Mikka Kiprusoff would ever spend the off-seasons in Calgary:
“No, he would always go home. His oldest boy’s in school now…so that’s why he stayed in Calgary during the lockout this year, because his son was in school.”

On Kiprusoff being “a man of few words”:

“Yeah. That’s why we had such a good relationship. Because we know what to expect. It’s not hard to figure out. Show up, gameday. Go hard, go home. Hey, you know what? He’s a great goalie. He gives them an instant chance again. The last time he took six weeks off in February or March, he went to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. If you look at it, same thing. The injury, the six weeks, came back. Gives them a chance.”

On Calgary being rejuvenated by Kiprusoff’s return:
“Top goaltending does do that for you. And, quite honest, Kipper – I’ll bet you, if you ask him tomorrow – he did not have the start of the season that he wanted. If you look at his numbers, they’re not wat he wanted, for sure. He’s at the age where he’s a proud guy and he’s a good competitor.”

On whether he saw anything in the video of the Dallas game that he hadn’t shared with the media last night:
“We watch video before every practice and after every game. It’s just sometimes you do it in small groups, sometimes you do it in big groups…Not really anything different, no. Just reinforce some areas that we haven’t been very good at off and on all year. So there are usually teaching moments that you can use. We were able to use that this morning.”

On his message this morning:
“We’re giving too many goals up. I said that after the game….You give up too many goals, you don’t win. You give up four goals against, you don’t win. If they’re great plays and all that stuff, wonderful. But it’s slipped into some of our younger players’ games, and we have to get it out of them. Get the mistakes out of their game again, and they’re easy mistakes to correct if they want to correct them.”

On whether Alec Martinez is getting better “game-to-game”:
Not necessarily last night. If it’s ‘game to game’, was it any better last night? No. Those two kids had a rough night. Their first four shifts on the ice there were two penalties, goals against. Penalty killing, goals against. I would say those are teachable moments. What’s the old line? When the students are ready to listen, then the teacher will talk. Otherwise, don’t.”

On whether the kids are ready to listen:
Jeez, we just won friggin’ eight out of 11. They must not have totally waxed up, have they? I think the earth is flat. And they look out over, the earth is flat, right?”

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

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