April 9 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Kings wrapped up a morning skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome and have since returned to the hotel. Because of the tight schedule – the Kings are either in a three-in-four, four-in-six, five-in-eight, or all of the above, depending on how you want to look at it – it was an optional skate.

-Because the skate was optional, no line rushes were held and the lines shown at yesterday’s practice will be projected later today in the game preview. In one of the easiest bets you’ll ever make, bet on Jonathan Quick to start in net.

-Bob Hartley wouldn’t tip his hand towards any lineup changes, though it’s expected that Brandon Bollig will enter the lineup for 16-goal man and checking forward Lance Bouma, who has an upper-body ailment. Jonas Hiller is expected to start in net, with Jonio Ortio expected to back him up.

-Make sure you check out my LAKings.com story, which went live along with a press release earlier today. The Kings are forming a high school hockey league in an effort to continue to grow the game locally, and Jim Fox will serve as commissioner. Unfortunately, my Oakwood Gorillas won’t be fielding a team (not yet, at least), though many San Fernando Valley natives will be able to join the district team forming out of Pickwick Ice. Lots of rinks are involved. Give it a read. More details are here.

Said Fox: “I see every high school athletic sport as passionate, so I think there’s just a great combination there. It’s a great way for us to provide a framework that the high schools and students can use to develop their life skills along with the athletics, but at the same time it’s just a great way to combine the passion of high school sports and the passion of hockey.”

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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.