The View from Calgary - LA Kings Insider


Randy Sportak: L.A. Kings blank Calgary Flames

“Then there was the fact everybody in the Sea of Red wanted to see how Ortio, 22, and Granlund, 20, would fare,

And add to that Robyn Regehr — who sits No. 2 to only Jarome Iginla on the Flames all-time list for games played — was playing his first game in Calgary since being traded away more than two years ago, and that meant real energy in the Dome.

Unfortunately for the announced sellout crowd of 19,289 fans, much of the air came out of the balloon right away when Brown took advantage of a Kris Russell miscue and opened the scoring at the three-minute mark.”

James Emery: Calgary Flames tough guy shares memories

It was Jan. 20, 2009 — the 6-foot-4, 234-lb. winger was paired with fellow Los Angeles Kings tough-guy Raitis Ivanans and centred by Derek Armstrong in a 5-2 road victory against the Minnesota Wild.

“I was thinking about fighting Derek Boogaard, but Raitis got to him first,” Westgarth said with a laugh after Thursday’s morning skate at the Saddledome. “It was a lot of fun. You’re almost in a bit of a fog, which is probably a good thing. If you just relax and let your body do what it does, it’s a lot easier.”


Scott Cruickshank: As Flames drop decision to Kings, coach Bob Hartley demanding ‘playoff mode’ from players

“They may have had no answer for goalie Jonathan Quick, but, unlike the dismal mail-ins of (recent) stretch drives, the Flames had been a determined bunch — which, deciphering the aforementioned coachspeak, is precisely what Hartley is demanding.

The Kings, who led 1-0 through 40 minutes, got a third-period strike from Dwight King to keep the workmanlike locals at bay.”

George Johnson: Former Flames warrior Robyn Regehr reflects on ‘great memories’ as he returns to Saddledome

“Yet Thursday marked his first game back at the Saddledome since waiving his no-trade clause to join the Sabres, ending an 11-season association here.

The Tunnel of Death that Regher had opened to the hockey-playing public down the left side of the ice, either end, was shut down and dismantled upon his departure, naturally, but doubtless he felt right at home, as if he’d never left, patrolling its old, familiar terrain Thursday.”


Kevin Kraczkowski: Mellon-Cammalleri And The Infinite Smid-ness: Another Nail In The Coffin

“Joni Ortio only had to wait 19 seconds to face his first NHL shot, which he easily saved off the stick of Jared Stoll. It was the second shot that hurt. Kris Russell stumbled to the left of Calgary’s net, losing control of the puck as Dustin Brown swooped in and poked it past Ortio, unassisted at the three minute mark. It was his 11th goal of the season, and the eventual game winner.”


Taylor McKee: Post-Game: Snap Back to Reality

“With five minutes left in the second, the Flames got the man advantage from a Drew Doughty delay of game penalty. The Flames then had, in my opinion, their best possession PP of the season, though it was unsuccessful. The Flames held possession in the Kings zone for the ENTIRE 2 MINUTES.”

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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.