Hockey Fest live blog - LA Kings Insider

9:30 AM: Good morning from a warm Toyota Sports Center! Temperature at the start of today’s introductions: 79 degrees

Here’s Bob Miller getting ready to kick off today’s ceremony by going over several notes:

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Dean Lombardi is coming up next…

9:40 AM: Here’s Dean’s opening statement:

9:50 AM:

10:00 AM: A few more photos from the Hockey Operations question and answer session:
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Hockey Ops, L-R: Mike Futa, Darryl Sutter, Jeff Solomon, Rob Blake

10:05 AM:

Futa acknowledged Mike O’Connell, Nelson Emerson, Glen Murray and Mike Donnelly as part of the team’s development staff.

Darryl Sutter was asked who the most improved player was on the Kings last season. The answer: Martin Jones.

10:15 AM Bob and Darryl discussed how the new shootout rules affect coaches’ decisions in selecting shooters:

10:30 AM: Dean Lombardi closed the State of the Franchise forum by discussing the role ownership has played in the Kings’ success, as well as the impact the team’s renovations to TSC will have:

10:50 AM: Temperature outside: 82 degrees

10:55 AM: A player introductions shot from stage left:
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11:50 AM Sory for the delay; I was talking with hockey operations. More on that to come later today. Before then, here’s a video and several photos of the sled hockey game, in which Kyle Clifford and Alec Martinez served as honorary coaches:

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12:00 PM: The morning session at rookie camp is closing up shop. Here are several last few words of encouragement from Manchester Monarchs head coach Mike Stothers:
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And, of course, the players taking part in the kids’ Q&A session:

12:30 PM: I mean, it’s not like this wasn’t going to be included:

12:45 PM: Temperature outside: 84 degrees. Not a bad move for Bob Miller, Mike Donnelly, Rob Blake and Nelson Emerson to sign autographs in the shade:
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Meanwhile, inside the rink, Jordan Nolan and Dwight King were honorary coaches for the Special Needs exhibition game:
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Jim Fox was also nearby, chatting with fans and signing autographs:
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2:30 PM: Jim Fox leads a “Life on the Road” panel including Luc Robitaille, Sean O’Donnell and Jamie Storr.

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Fox tells the famous Bernie Nicholls and Phil Sykes training camp story:

4:30 PM: Who would you take in a race, Mike Donnelly or Craig Johnson? Video and photos from the Kings Alumni game against the LA City and LA County Firefighters:

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4:45 pm:
One final video from when it was much warmer outside:

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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.