December 11 morning skate quotes: Muzzin, Toffoli - LA Kings Insider

Jake Muzzin, on family coming to see him play:
Just some family, my parents and one of my sisters are coming in. [Reporter: Is it a special comeback, playing in your home province?] It’s nice for a bunch of buddies and family to come in and see, and watch you play on Eastern Time which is a little easier on everyone. I haven’t played in Toronto and I’m looking forward to tonight. First NHL game in Ontario.

Muzzin, on his power play goal in Montreal:
I just saw the guy fall and I went and I read that the weak side was open. Stolly made a great pass to me. The goalie was kind of stumbling over as well. Just got it through and it went in. We’ve been practicing the power play, obviously it hasn’t been as hot as we’d like it, but we’ve been practicing and to get one was nice.

Muzzin, on how comfortable he is:
I feel good in the way I’m playing right now. I think Dewey and I are doing some good things and there are some things we can improve on. I’m definitely not getting comfortable. I want to get better and improve every day with video and listening to coaches and other players as well, continue working hard and gaining more confidence.

Muzzin, on what he remembers of Drew Doughty from the OHL:
There was about maybe two, two and a half years. I was out my first couple years and then he was out of the league early. We only played him a couple times but you knew he was a good player, you heard about him. You watched World Juniors, you’d see him out there. He was dominant in World Juniors. He was an exciting player to watch in junior and he’s an exciting to watch in the NHL now.

Muzzin, on having seven shots on goal against Montreal:
Opportunities came and you wanted to take advantage. Trying to get shots through is huge for us. Guys are so good at blocking shots. Trying to get shots through and creating opportunities at the net is what Drew and I want to do and continue getting better at. Last night he had some opportunities to get pucks at the net.

Tyler Toffoli, on how many tickets he got for family and friends:
I just got seven tonight, my dad got his own tickets. He pulled a few strings and found a way.

Toffoli, on what it means to play in front of family and friends in his hometown::
I always used to joke with my dad that I’m going to play in the ACC one day. It’s definitely really exciting. It was cool to go out there for the morning skate. You just have to take it as another game and just forget about all of that. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing obviously and have some fun.

Toffoli, on what it was like to play in Montreal:
It was good. We were all excited and I think the excitement showed. We came out and took a couple penalties, but stuck with it. Joner played great. It was fun. At the end of the game you look around and realize that you’re in Montreal, playing in the NHL. It was really cool.

Toffoli, on what his line did against Montreal:
I think we were moving the puck well and Cliffy was going to the net. Obviously, he created both goals for us. It was good, we just have to continue doing that. We have to forget about last night and move on to tonight in Toronto.

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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.