Good morning, Manchester - LA Kings Insider

Then sun has risen over Manchester, New Hampshire this morning, casting bright rays of light into an east-facing hotel room in which I’ve awoken to look out upon the wintry aftermath of a major winter storm that passed through the area four days prior.

It’s a clear morning, and it was a smooth arrival in Manchester last night. We were fortunate, as the recent storm dumped as many as 14 inches of snow on the region, though in looking out onto Elm Street it didn’t appear as though downtown was socked quite as hard. It has been a stormy winter; the New Hampshire Union Leader recently spoke with Tim Clougherty, Deputy Director of Manchester Public Works, who estimated that 65 percent of the city’s snow removal budget has been consumed. The state has also recently added to its depleted salt supply.

Hey! Look who grew up in Manchester. It’s one of the greatest comedians of his generation:

So there aren’t really any “rules” on the team charter when it comes to the acceptable use of computers, cell phones, iPads, and anything that transmits a signal. There are times when I’m rushing through proofreading and pressing “Publish” at the same moment the plane’s wheels leave the ground. But this practice is generally frowned upon, to put it mildly, in commercial air travel.

That’s why this video of our plane’s descent into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was shot covertly!

Our connecting flight from Charlotte touched down just after 10:00 p.m. local time.

The Verizon Wireless Arena is a short walk from the hotel, and I’ll be on hand to cover the Monarchs’ 10:00 a.m. morning skate. I’ll have lots more throughout the day, including a better set of photographs than the sun and water streak-distorted views from my hotel window. It’s also the Pink in the Rink night tonight, so the team will be wearing pink jerseys and will skate on pink ice as part of the efforts by the Monarchs Care Foundation and Catholic Medical Center to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

The Monarchs will face the Providence Bruins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and the Albany Devils at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. A preview of this weekend’s action:

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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.