February 28 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from LAX, where the Kings (en route to Winnipeg) and Ducks (en route to Dallas) are about to depart. Notes from today’s practice:

-Instead of holding line rushes and flow drills, the Kings worked extensively on special teams situations before taking part in net-front compete drills. There was a good pace to the power play work. Jonathan Quick left the ice first, as expected. Tomorrow’s game is an afternoon game, so the #LAKingsGoalieTweetOff applies. Los Angeles won’t hold a morning skate in advance of tomorrow’s game, which begins at 3:00 p.m. local time.

-Robyn Regehr participated in practice a day after experiencing a scare when he was struck in the wrist/hand area by a puck in the third period of Friday’s loss to Anaheim. Regehr traveled down the tunnel to the Kings’ room as soon as play ended, after he helped bring about a whistle. “I was looking around for the puck – I was looking around the ice – and I looked down actually, and I saw the puck was wedged in between my arm and the elbow pad,” he said. “It was the first time that’s ever happened to me, so I left it in there until the whistle went, and then I kind of shook it free.” He said the area went numb; hey, he’s Robyn Regehr. He’s been numbed by blunt force before and has traveled down that tunnel many, many times. A stick tap to Lisa Dillman for the Regehr quotes.

-I’ll have a story up on Sekera’s impressions of his first 72 hours with the Kings; another story I’ll post today – assuming I’m able to stay awake on the plane – is about Brayden McNabb’s modest if mostly regular point production this season. The first-year King now has one goal and 18 points in 55 games after having scored his first goal since December 26, 2011. Of that goal in Buffalo’s 4-2 win over Washington, he recalled of his power play shot from the slot, “I closed my eyes and it went in.”

-Darryl Sutter quotes will follow. Enjoy your Saturday, Insiders.


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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.