Plenty of ties between Kings, Buffalo - LA Kings Insider

There are several ties linking the Kings with the Sabres and Upstate New York, both geographically and through the network of amateur and professional hockey. As noted earlier, Sabres head coach Ron Rolston was an assistant at Clarkson University, where he coached Willie Mitchell, while Trevor Lewis roomed with Ryan Miller during USA Hockey’s Olympic Orientation Camp in August. There’s also the connection with Matt Moulson, who split time between Los Angeles and Manchester over three seasons as a part of the L.A. organization. Ben Scrivens played college hockey at Cornell. Jordan Nolan’s father, Ted Nolan, coached the Sabres from 1995-97.

Many Kings – Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin and Nolan, amongst others – will also be playing in front of close friends and family tonight, as Buffalo is a relatively short trip from Southern Ontario and the Northeastern United States.

There’s also Robyn Regehr, who played a season and a half with the Sabres before his trade to Los Angeles in early April. Because there wasn’t any time to do so last spring, he actually returned to Buffalo over the summer to completely move out of his old house.

Ithaca native Dustin Brown, on playing in Upstate New York:
It’s always fun playing in front of friends and family. Especially being, when I was drafted L.A. was probably the farthest I could get away. But it just makes coming back here a little more special.

Brown, on how many times he has played in Buffalo:
I think I have played here -I know at least twice- but maybe three times. I know have played at least twice.

Jordan Nolan, on growing up near Buffalo while his father coached the Sabres:
We lived here for about two weeks, and then we moved over to the Canadian side. We were just more comfortable with the schooling over there and we had friends over there already. We definitely spent a lot of time at the rink here though.

Nolan, on if it is special playing in Buffalo:
I’ve got lots of buddies that live close to here so they will be coming to the game tonight, but that’s pretty much the only thing I see. I was pretty young back in the day when my dad was coaching here. Just friends and family coming to the game, that’s about it.

Former Sabre Robyn Regehr, on the trade from Buffalo to Los Angeles:
At that point it looked like we weren’t going to make the playoffs here in Buffalo. And then in L.A. things looked a lot better than that and I thought I had a decent shot at having a good run at the Cup, which we did. That’s the only thing I really thought about. All the other stuff just kind of happened after I got there. I talked to Dean, the general manager there…and things fell into place the way they did. But it was really a simple decision about where the teams were at that exact moment last year on April 1st, I believe.

Regehr, on his time spent as a Sabre:
I am disappointed with the first year that I was here. I felt that we [were] better than what we played. We had a good start to that season, we were over in Europe, and then just struggled when we came back. Started getting some injuries and just never were really able to recover until it was too late in the season really to chase teams down by that point. Last season, it was tough because with the lockout and that shortened season it’s just not a normal season. And so it’s really tough to compare those two because they are very different in duration, and timing of it and things like that.

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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.