NHL.com feature on Kings prospects; LAKings.com feature - LA Kings Insider

Alyssa Dombrowski, an NHL.com correspondent and the AHL’s Coordinator of Social Media and Communications, recently spoke with Kings prospects Derek Forbort and Nick Shore, who once were teammates with the 2008-09 USNTDP U-17 and are now roommates who play for the 2013-14 Manchester Monarchs.

Off the ice, Shore and Forbort live together along with fellow Monarchs rookie Scott Sabourin, a situation that has proven to be mutually beneficial for all three prospects.

“We’re all going through it together for the first time, so it’s nice to have those guys there to just deal with the things that come with being a pro,” Forbort said.

“It’s been a really good experience so far,” Shore said. “I think we’ve all really enjoyed it and are eager to get going with the rest of the season.”

That eagerness is exactly what makes for a successful player and teammate, according to Morris.

“They both continue to absorb any type of critique of their game and are quick to try to apply it to their repertoire,” Morris said. “Neither player seems to be about themselves — they’re well-liked by everybody that they play with on a daily basis.”

Learn more about Shore and Forbort, and read Mark Morris’ comments about the two: History helping Kings prospects learn in the present

While you’re here, check out California Cold Rush: Home is Where the Heart Is, by LAKings.com’s Deborah Lew, which highlights the migration of Kings alumni and Canadian expats to Southern California.

“You’re getting these major stars, whether in LA it’s Wayne Gretzky or Luc Robitaille or Dave Taylor, and in Anaheim you’re getting Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer, and maybe Ryan Getzlaf – these people are staying and it’s almost a source of pride for the fans to see that not only are they great players, but they love it here and they’re staying here,” explains O’Donnell. “They’re part of the team we cheer for and the city we live in, and everyone likes to be proud of where they’re living.”

With the current and somewhat uncharacteristic January heat wave in SoCal, O’Donnell sent a photo of scantily-clad people playing beach volleyball to his parents, who, at the time, were caught in a snow-storm in Ottawa. The only text necessary said: January 7th.

What was their response?

“Something that I can’t say in an interview,” laughs O’Donnell.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.