Behold: Consol Energy Center - LA Kings Insider

Behold, Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the… well, actually, it’s only the home of the Penguins. Pittsburgh does not have an NBA team, and no NCAA basketball team holds court in the arena that seats 18,387 for hockey. There is an Arena Football League team listed as a primary tenant, though after some extensive research earlier this afternoon, I have found that it is not the most popular football team that plays in Pittsburgh. The arena has hosted the 2012 NHL Draft, the 2013 Frozen Four and multiple WWE events.

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This is a beautiful arena, and along with Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and the Prudential Center in Newark is amongst the most comfortable, spacious and modern National Hockey League buildings. There are two floors of luxury boxes, the higher of which is a more traditional club level, with the lower featuring tiered seating areas with platforms, waiter service and individual television screens.

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The concourses are light and airy, especially near the windows that provide a view downtown to patrons entering the arena via excalators from the atrium on the bottom floor.

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The Penguins have retired only two numbers. Michel Briere, whose number 21 was taken out of circulation following his tragic passing in an automobile accident in 1971, had his jersey retired in January, 2001. Mario Lemieux’s #66 was retired in 1997, before his second stint with the club.

Lemieux’s likeness, and the number 66 are visible in many sections of the arena.

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The banners commemorating the club’s three Stanley Cups, four conference championships, seven divisional titles and a President’s Trophy also hang from the rafters.

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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.