feature: Last chance at Calder - LA Kings Insider

Regular Calder Cup coverage will continue tomorrow from Utica, New York, where the team arrived and unloaded its gear at the Utica Memorial Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. local time today.

Before tomorrow’s game day coverage commences, here’s a reminder of the stakes involved in this year’s Calder Cup. For the staff and fans of the Monarchs, these heightened and final AHL games elicit some complicated emotions.


It’s a bit too easy and perhaps a bit vague to consider the team’s current run “bittersweet.” The players are focused only on Game 3, Wednesday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. But for the staff and fans of the team, there’s certainly the awareness that while there will be competitive hockey returning to Manchester in the fall, this current group won’t be returning.

“We got close, we had some good teams and things just didn’t work out, but we have a really good bunch of guys this year, and, as we talk now, we’re on our last road trip actually, and we go home after this. It’s certainly mixed emotions,” said Hubie McDonough, the Monarchs’ Director of Hockey Operations, a Manchester native and the all-time leading scorer at St. Anselm College, a small school located outside of the city center.

“Nobody really wanted to move, but you have to do what you have to do. So, we’re enjoying this now, enjoying this run we’ve had, and … [have] never made it this far, so it’s certainly a great accomplishment for all of the guys, all these young kids. It gives the Kings fans hope for the future because there are a lot of players here that can make that step.”

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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.