Pregame reading: Four stories - LA Kings Insider

YOUR PREGAME READING John Hoven does a good job of keeping tabs on Kings prospects, and his latest work at is a feature on 2013 fourth round draft pick Hudson Fasching, who made a name for himself at the recent World Junior Championships and now has 20 points (8-12=20) through his first 23 NCAA games at the University of Minnesota.

Said Kings Director of Amateur scouting Mark Yannetti:

“He needed to define himself,” Yannetti continued. “I mean defining himself as playing well. That’s a big thing for me. It’s what you’re seeing this year. He’s defined himself. You look at Hudson Fasching, and you see exactly what his role is. You know that he can play that role the way you want it played. He defines himself. He’s a heavy presence. He may not go in and run guys, but he goes in and hits, and when he hits, he’s heavy.

Read more: Youngest Kings’ Prospect Taking Big Steps Forward

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DOIN’ GOOD The Kings made a one million dollar donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California following the Stadium Series game on Saturday.

The $1 million commitment will benefit Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a campsite located in the San Jacinto Mountains. The donation will specifically go to help with the construction of the camp’s Dining Hall/Activity Center, which will enable the facility to expand its oncology camp programs for children with cancer and their families.

The release: Kings Donating $1 Million to Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times Check Presentation

ANOTHER OLYMPIAN In addition to the six players heading to Sochi late next week, there’s also Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger, who will represent Canada for the first time on the Olympic stage.

Outside of his NHL duties, the Brandon, Manitoba native has represented Canada at the 2010, 2008, 2006 and 1999 World Championships in addition to the 1996 World Cup and the 1992 World Junior Championships. He is a tenured professional who has earned the respect of those whom he works with and those in opposing locker rooms around the circuit.

“It’s great for him,” Jeff Carter said. “He’s got a great reputation around the league. It’s nice when those guys get recognized and get a chance to do this stuff, because a lot of people don’t realize how much time and effort hey put into this behind the scenes. First ones here, last ones to leave – it’s not an easy job, so it’s nice to see them get recognized like that.”

Read more: Five-Ringed Granger

Wayne Gretzky’s impact is being felt in the collegiate, junior and professional ranks, and in honor of the outdoor game attended by 54,099 hockey fans at Dodger Stadium, here’s a look at the growth of the sport within warmer weather climates.

“We used to go by this set of tennis courts and I remember we were stopped at a stop light this one time and I said to my wife ‘You know, back home kids would be playing land hockey or ball hockey on these tennis courts,’ and we didn’t think much of it. Two years later I went the same tennis courts and there was a sign saying ‘No Ball Hockey Allowed,’” Gretzky recalled anecdotally. “I remember thinking ‘Wow, we’ve come a long way.’”

Read more: Culture Shift

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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.