Good morning, Philadelphia - LA Kings Insider

Good morning Philadelphia, and hello final east coast swing of the year.

The team touched down at PHL shortly before 1:00 a.m. and made the drive along the Delaware Expressway, passing the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field en route to the team hotel. If you’ve never been to Philly, the stadiums are wedged together north of the Delaware River, east of the airport and 15 minutes south of downtown. Are there any other American cities that feature such a concentration of stadiums? There are adjacent indoor and outdoor stadiums in many cities, including Oakland, East Rutherford and even Los Angeles, even if there aren’t any professional teams at the Sports Arena and Coliseum. But where else can you find a football stadium, a baseball stadium and an indoor arena situated together? Seattle will join the list when the arena is finally built in the SoDo neighborhood. There was actually a span between 2003 and early 2004 when the site was occupied by five stadiums, though Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field were either recently constructed or nearing completion in the final days of Veterans Stadium. The original Spectrum met its demise in the winter of 2010-11 in the form of a wrecking ball.

It was a late arrival, though there was plenty of commotion in the lobby – a wedding, I’m guessing – that spilled up to our floor at 1:45 a.m. People were having a good time, though I speak as an ambassador for the ninth floor when I say that we wish they had a good time downstairs. It was annoying for five minutes and really wasn’t much of a nuisance at all.

Videos! I have videos for you. Here’s our landing. It was dark. There is nothing to see here:

And, of course, the Highlighted Local Artist. The HLA is much easier in Philadelphia than, say, Winnipeg, where I have to choose between the Crash Test Dummies or going with Neil Young for the second time of the season (I chose Young, because obviously). While considering Will Smith, Bill Cosby, Kat Dennings, The Roots and Tina Fey, I decided on early 1990’s R&B superstars Boyz II Men. From the Boomerang soundtrack, here’s End of the Road, the most popular song in the history of Motown Records. It is an endearingly pristine artifact from the 1990’s.

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The Kings are scheduled to practice at the Wells Fargo Center at 2:00 p.m. today. After posting Waking up with the Kings, I’ll have reports from practice and other stories and news updates throughout the day. Lots more to come on LA Kings Insider…

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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.