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After an early start at the MTS Centre and a “comprehensive” victory, the team bused to the Winnipeg airport, where the light snow had mostly stopped, though snow on the aircraft and a chilly wind meant that deicing was necessary before the hour and 45 minute flight to Alberta. You can see why:

After gaining an hour, the team touched down at YEG shortly before midnight before beginning the drive downtown. It’s a notoriously lengthy drive from the airport to central Edmonton, and members of the media have a tradition in which friendly bets are placed on the exact length of the route. Clocking in at 26 minutes and 31 seconds, the length of last night’s bus trip was correctly (or most closely) gauged by Jim Fox, according to Jim Fox. No one contested this, so congratulations, Jimmy.

With so many late arrivals – this computer wasn’t turned off until 4:00 a.m. when we arrived in Calgary last week – it was refreshing to still have something left in the tank after arriving at the hotel and watch highlights from other games around the league when it came time to retire.

Highlighted Local Artist! I was stunned and overjoyed to learn that Leslie Nielsen is counted (by Wikipedia) in its “List of people from Edmonton,” but after a thoughtful and discriminating approach (read: I scanned two articles about his background), I decided that the link between Nielsen and The City of Champions was a mostly tenuous one. Instead, I’m rolling with an actor actually born in Edmonton, Michael J. Fox.

When did movies stop having really, really awesome scores?

Practice time today is at 12:00 noon. Before then, I’ll post Waking Up with the Kings, and around that time, James will have The View from Winnipeg for you. There’s lots more to come on a busy Friday from Oil Country.

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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.