May 16 quotes: Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez - LA Kings Insider

Drew Doughty, on the team’s depth being tested:
“We have guys that are stepping in in spots they’ve never stepped into before. I know all those guys are excited for the opportunity, and they’re going to relish at it. We need our top guys to be our top guys. We need to start with them, and then go down the line and everyone needs to have their best games in order to win.”

Doughty, on his awareness when Raffi Torres is on the ice:
“I think there’s always a level of awareness when he’s on the ice. Even though people kind of give him the rep for giving the dirty hits all the time, it’s not even that. He hits hard and clean, too. Whenever he’s on the ice with me, I’m always aware where he is on the ice when I’ve got the puck and I try to get out of his way. I try to dodge every hit I can if I see the guy coming, especially when he’s on the ice.

Doughty, on some people in the arena missing the Torres hit on Jarret Stoll because they were preoccupied with Patrick Marleau hitting him behind the Los Angeles net:
“That’s what everyone said. They thought I was the one that got hit. But, no, it was just a minor thing behind the net. I didn’t even see the Stoll hit. I still have to watch it. It sucks.”

Doughty, on the team’s play when protecting a two-goal lead in Game 1:
“We’d come back in our own zone and we’d play that tight little box protecting our home plate, what we call it. We can’t be doing that. We still need to make plays. We still need to be going forward. We still need to get that one more goal to give us a little extra breathing room. We weren’t happy with that, but I think it’s something that we’re definitely going to learn from, because they were kind of all over us in the third, I thought.”

Alec Martinez, on skating with Jake Muzzin:
“It was good. I thought last game we moved the puck pretty well. We used each other a lot. We’re similar players. We can both skate, move the puck and make plays. I think we did a good job of getting out of the zone and getting out clean. We had some offensive zone time, too. Obviously he’s a really good player and I think we did well.’

Martinez, on the team being tested with injuries:
“I mean, obviously last year we were pretty fortunate where we didn’t really have any injuries – really, any – on the back end, and I think very rarely does it ever happen that you keep the same six D throughout the entire playoffs. I mean, I don’t know – we’ve kind of done it all year. We’ve had guys get hurt and guys go in and out of the lineup and playing with different pairs.”

Martinez, on how close he is with fellow Miami RedHawk hockey alum Tommy Wingels:
“Right now, not at all. But in the offseason we’re good buddies. I mean, we played together in college. We see each other in the summertime. But obviously, playoffs is a different beast, so I clearly haven’t talked to him.”

Martinez, on Wingels’ skill set:
“He’s a good player for them. He plays physical. He’s got skill, too. He can shoot the puck. He gets in on the forecheck. He’s got big hits for them, too. So he’s a good player.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

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.