September 28 postgame quotes: Jeff Carter - LA Kings Insider

On his hat trick:
I mean, my mates did a lot of the work, pucks kind of bounced to me and it just happened. It wasn’t anything special tonight.

On whether it’s a “goal scorer’s gift” to be in the right spot:
You go to the net, and good things are going to happen. That’s the way you score your goals, pucks drop down in your feet and you tap ‘em in. It’s nothing different than what we usually do. Guys make good plays, win battles, and get pucks to the net, and usually when you go there, you get rewarded.

On Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson’s play in the preseason:
I think they both have [picked up from where they left off last season]. Obviously they both gained a lot of confidence in the playoffs, played great for us, and they worked hard this summer to make sure that they were ready to go this year. They put themselves in the best situation this year to get you to win.

On playing with two younger players:
It’s a lot of fun, it doesn’t matter how young they are, who they are. They’re good enough to play in the league, they didn’t have anything given to them, they had to earn their way up here. They played a long time in the minors, and they got it all by hard work.

On the 4-2 win over Anaheim:
Guys are just trying to find their game, we’re trying to get our systems down. Yes, it’s nice to win, it’s nice to beat anybody. I think we’re more worried about what we’re doing out there in our team game and how it’s coming along throughout the preseason.

On moving back to center full time:
I enjoy it, it gives me a little more freedom to get moving, it’s fun. Obviously I’ll play wherever they tell me to, but I enjoy playing center, yeah.

On his summer:
I took off. I came back on the 25th of August. I was around for like three weeks before camp started. I don’t skate back at home, so I came back a little earlier and start skating again here.

On whether the youth of Toffoli and Pearson has rubbed off on him, or vice-versa:
Hopefully a little bit of both. I mean, they make it exciting to play with them. They play with a lot of speed, a lot of skill, and for me it’s fun. If they get the puck, I know we’re going north, and you just kind of take off, so it’s been fun.

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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.

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#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.

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#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.