January 25 morning skate quotes: Fraser, Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

Colin Fraser, on tonight being just another game:
I think you have to approach it that way. Obviously there are two points at stake and another home game that we kind of owe them from last game. We need to start getting some points here – teams are catching us and they’re gapping it out a little bit. It’s exciting too. It’s not every day you get to play in a baseball stadium outside in LA. So I guess it’s one of those cool things you can look back on in your career.

Fraser, on if the 7:15 start time will alter his game day preparation:
I mean what are we – 7:00 or 7:30 depending on what building we’re in. For me it doesn’t change much. I’m not a sleep all day kind of guy as it is. I feel like they kept pushing it back. When they first talked about it, it was six-something. That might have made a little bit of a difference, but 7:00 – 7:15, it’s all the same.

Fraser, on his expectations for the game:
It definitely feels different with the fans not being on top of you – I guess with all the emptiness around. I think once the game starts you kind of just play the game. It’s no different than what we’ve done our whole lives. We still have to play the systems and still have to shoot the puck and pass the puck and all that stuff. It really shouldn’t matter what surface you’re on, but it’s going to feel different with 53-thousad people here outside. But it will be fun too.

Jake Muzzin, on having the morning skate at Toyota Sports Center:
It feels normal for us here, but yesterday was exciting. I got to try out the ice and see the atmosphere there and tonight should be pretty exciting.

Muzzin, on what might be different from an indoor game:
It will be the same battle we had the other night, I would assume. Both teams – big, strong, fast teams battling – we need some points to catch them and we need to start tonight.

Muzzin, on representing the city of Los Angeles at its first ever outdoor game:
You always want to play hard and win in front of your fans. I’m sure the 50-thousand fans tonight are going to be split, or close to it. It will be fun to play in front of them in the atmosphere and I’m sure they’ll have fun too.

Muzzin, on what was learned from playing Anaheim on Thursday:
We have to bear down on our opportunities. We had some chances there where we could have scored goals and that’s kind of been fighting us lately. So bearing down on our opportunities, getting a little gritty and a little desperation earlier on to get those goals.

Muzzin, on Wayne Gretzky being at the game:
It will be sweet to play in front of him. He’s obviously the Great One. Anytime his presence is near, everyone knows about it. Hopefully we put a win together for him. [Reporter: Have you ever met him before?] Yeah, I think I have. I met his dad a lot too because he’s always running around the Brantford 99 Arena – The Wayne Gretzky Centre. He was always around there so I met him a lot. I think I met Wayne maybe once or twice. [Reporter: So you played there quite a bit?] Yeah, I played two years in Brantford.

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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.