Good morning, San Jose - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, San Jose, and good morning, Insiders.

For those who may be new to the blog and unfamiliar with our devotion to MUNTOR, GAS ABSORPTION DEITY, the Good Morning articles are posted the first morning we spend in road cities and are universally free of rational hockey analysis and debate. They grew out of Rich Hammond snapping photographs from hotel windows – this remains highly influential – and usually contain references to local people or attractions, or recollections of previous visits to the city. Especially in San Jose (and St. Louis, and Chicago, and Glendale, etc.), you can play the HAVE I STAYED IN THIS EXACT ROOM game. It is not a very fun game.

Two years ago I attempted the Highlighted Local Artist as part of the Good Morning posts, but that became tiresome when visiting Winnipeg and Calgary a combined five times. I was also planning to show some of my favorite clips from Silicon Valley for today’s post – it’s the funniest show on television – but there weren’t any highlights free of profanity or “adult situations” that I felt comfortable embedding. But you should know that the actor Thomas Middleditch, who plays Richard Hendricks on the show, is a British Columbia-born Kings fan, and that should earn him favorable LAKI points.

@adamscarpenters makes hilarious Instagram vids. Watch ours. #GoKingsGo

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I, TOO, HAVE MADE MY OWN VIDEOS! In keeping with tradition, here is our descent into and landing at SJC yesterday afternoon.

The Kings will take the ice at the SAP Center at 11:30 this morning, and LA Kings Insider game day coverage will continue before then with the Quick Hits series. There’s a lot more to discuss in advance of tonight’s game, which will be only the second time the Kings have played a meaningful game at the Shark Tank since the 2014 playoff series. Stay tuned…


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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.