Good morning! By the time this news hits your computer screen, I will be some place far, far away. Think tropical beaches-meets cosmopolitan urban center-surrounded by glacial peaks-ringed with the serene expanse of the Eurasian steppe. Yes, that’s correct. I’m in Cleveland. OK, I’m not really in Cleveland.

Some notes:

-I will return the evening of Monday, July 22.

-There will be basic updates on the site. Bear with any delays. When news is posted, it will likely take the form of a press release or of a brief note. I also recently submitted my LAKings.com feature and will link to it from my tropical / urban / Icelandic locale shortly after it goes live. I scheduled an I Was There post to hit the site at 7:00 am Tuesday morning and am in the process of writing the final I Was There feature (and embedding the honorable mentions). They will go live later in the week.

-Expect some news to break. There will likely be additional contract signings announced in the coming week. Originally it had appeared as though the entire 2013-14 schedule would be coming out this coming Wednesday, though with no official Olympic agreement between the NHL, the NHLPA and the IIHF, it is possible that the announcement may be postponed. I still expect the schedule to come out this week, and I’ll post my analysis upon my return.

-If you are at all interested in where I’m headed, or what I do on my free time, you are more than welcome to follow my personal Twitter and Instagram accounts. There will be plenty of travel minutiae and some occasional whining at airlines. Don’t expect anything profound.

-Thank you again for reading, and I’ll report back to you in a week.

Behold, Cleveland! (I am not going here)

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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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