Notebook: Memorial Cup Mistele, Manch-Hartford, more - LA Kings Insider

Congratulations to Matt Mistele, a sixth round draft pick by the club in 2014. He’s heading to the Memorial Cup after his Oshawa Generals dispatched Connor McDavid, Kurtis MacDermid, Jake Marchment and the Erie Otters in a five-game series.

Mistele, who had 13 goals and 16 points in 21 playoff games, scored five goals in the championship series (though the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award went to McDavid). The Generals will meet the Kelowna Rockets, Rimouski Oceanic and Quebec Remparts at the Memorial Cup, which pits the three winners of the Canadian Hockey Leagues together along with a host team. Because Quebec is playing in the QMJHL Final and has already qualified as the host, Rimouski also qualifies for the tournament regardless of the outcome of the QMJHL final.

The Generals will open the tournament against Rimouski on Saturday, May 23. These will be the final games of significance played at Colisée Pepsi, the former home of the Quebec Nordiques. The Remparts – and, to the hope of many locals, an NHL team, eventually – will begin play at the Videotron Center in 2015-16.


The Manchester Monarchs now know they will face the Hartford Wolfpack in the Eastern Conference Final. The Wolfpack, the top farm club of the New York Rangers, defeated the Hershey Bears in six games in an AHL semifinal series. They’re led by 29-year-old Chris Bourque (4-10=14), Ray Bourque’s son, 23-year-old Oscar Lindberg (1-9=10) and former Colorado College standout Joey Crabb. In goal for Hartford is Yann Danis, who attended training camp with Manchester in 2014. He’s 7-4 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in the postseason. The series will be a 2-2-1-1-1 format instead of last round’s 2-3-2.

Monarchs conference final schedule:
1 Thursday, May 21 / 4:00 p.m. vs Hartford
2 Saturday, May 23 / 4:00 p.m. vs Hartford
3 Tuesday, May 26 / 4:00 p.m. at Hartford
4 Wednesday, May 27 / 4:00 p.m. at Hartford
5 Saturday, May 30 / 4:00 p.m. vs Hartford*
6 Sunday, May 31 / 4:05 p.m. at Hartford*
7 Tuesday, May 2 / 4:05 p.m. vs Hartford*
-*if necessary; all times PT


-The Monarchs posted a 3-0-0-1 record against the Wolf Pack during the regular season, which included going 2-0-0-0 against them at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Hartford has not beaten the Monarchs in regulation since Apr. 4, 2014.
-Manchester outscored Hartford 15-11 in the regular season series and scored at least four goals against them in three of the four games.
-Sean Backman led all Monarchs’ scorers with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in four games against Hartford this season.
-Jordan Weal has a team-leading 15 points through 10 games in the postseason with 10 goals and five assists. He is the first player in Monarchs’ history to ever score double-digit goals in a single postseason and he is two points shy of Patrick O’Sullivan (17 points in 2007) for the most points ever by a Manchester player in a single playoff.
-Weal led the Monarchs with eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) in their conference semifinals win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. His hat trick in Game 4 made him the third player in franchise history to record three goals in a single playoff game, joining Bud Holloway (Apr. 17, 2011) and Adam Mair (Apr. 17, 2002).
-With 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 18 career postseason games, Weal ranks third on the all-time franchise list behind Bud Holloway (25 points) and Justin Azevedo (21 points).


In Prague, Jake Muzzin, Tyler Toffoli and Martin Jones advanced to the IIHF World Championship gold medal game with a 2-0 win over the host Czech Republic in the semi-final. Neither Muzzin nor Toffoli recorded a point, though Muzzin logged two shots on goal in 18:30 of ice time and Toffoli fired four shots on goal in 11:22 of ice time. Martin Jones served as Mike Smith’s back-up in the win, while Taylor Hall and Jason Spezza scored for Canada. Undefeated that the tournament, the Canadians will face the winner of the United States – Russia game that begins at 10:15 a.m. PT on Saturday. The gold medal game will begin at 11:45 a.m. PT Sunday; the loser of the United States – Russia game will face the Czech Republic in the bronze medal affair at 7:15 a.m. PT Sunday. All semifinal and medal round games take place at the O2 Arena in Prague.



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.