Thank you - LA Kings Insider

I was hoping to write this as I waited to catch a flight out this morning, but I was a sleepwalking zombie who had trouble telling the cab driver which airport to take him to, let alone attempting to string together some words of reflection and appreciation to all who have spent time and effort in evolving this website into an enormous online Los Angeles Kings community.

That community was created long before I arrived, and a special thank you also needs to be expressed to Rich Hammond for the excellent, objective reporting that forms the backbone of this site. Among the perks of this job has been reconnecting with Rich over the last two playoff rounds at media scrums, inside press boxes, outside locker rooms, at media dinners and behind the glass at the Toyota Sports Center. Rich remains a very popular and highly respected member of those who cover the Los Angeles Kings, and I hope the OC Register continues to assign him to hockey detail in addition to his USC reporting for the 2013-14 season if that is in his interests as well.

When I was interviewing for this job, one general philosophy that the Kings and I agreed on was that it was my duty to introduce a conversation that would allow the commenters and users of this site to branch compelling dialogue off in many directions. That has certainly continued, and I am very appreciative for the encouragement, suggestions and constructive rebuttal that have taken place over the last four and a half months.

Thank you for your continued visits, and for reading and sharing your Kings passion on LA Kings Insider.

-Jon Rosen

A few minor notes:

-I’ll have a retrospective of the season and the playoffs later this evening. It will still be called “Waking Up With The Kings” because “Sleeping In With The Kings” and “Settling Down For Dinner With The Kings” sound awkward and terrible.

-There will still be regular coverage of the Kings and their prospects and alumni in addition to NHL coverage on this blog throughout the summer. I plan on writing a general outline of the summer schedule tomorrow morning with key dates included. I should have a general sense of the team’s exit meeting and media availability schedule at that time as well.

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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.