LAKI Potpourri: Lombardi, Blake feature, Muzzin quotes - LA Kings Insider

Some assorted tidbits on a Friday evening:

-Dean Lombardi was named the 2014 Sports Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. He’ll be honored at the LA Sports Awards on March 15 at the Beverly Hilton.

-Rob Blake’s jersey will be retired a week from tomorrow, and I kicked off the coverage by writing about the process of retiring a jersey, and what to do about, you know, the three or four players on the current team who’ll have their jerseys retired.

From my feature, Four the Kingdom:

A banner season for the Los Angeles Kings will be followed by a banner night for Hall of Fame defenseman Rob Blake, whose jersey will be hoisted to the Staples Center rafters during a ceremony prior to the Kings-Ducks game on Saturday, January 17.

So, if you’re keeping score at home, that’s a Stanley Cup ring, a Hall of Fame induction and a jersey retirement ceremony all in the last seven months for the player who leads all Kings defensemen with 805 games played, 161 goals, 333 assists, 494 points, 92 power play goals and 29 game-winning goals as a member of the club.

“It’s a little overwhelming,” Blake said. “After this it’s all downhill.”

Remember to check over the upcoming week for a steady stream of Blake coverage.

And, finally, some Jake Muzzin quotes:

Jake Muzzin, on the Rangers’ speed:
They had some speed out wide, but I thought we did a good job of keeping them outside. We’ve got to get better taking the body on the rush.

Muzzin, on not allowing a surplus of shots against:
No, we’re giving up too many Grade-A scoring chances. Too many shots from the middle of the ice.

Muzzin, on how to clear traffic from the front of the net:
We’ve got to get early position on them. You can’t let ‘em get there…That starts from win the puck in the corner, beating them back to the front of the net and getting position on guys coming from the corners to the net, getting position on them before they get to the net to keep them to the outside and give Quickie a better look. [Reporter: Are you allowed to contact when you get that position?] Yeah. I think closer to the net, we have to do a better job of getting more contact on guys.

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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.

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.