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Good morning, Insiders, and good morning, Edmonton.

Due to a quirk in the schedule, the Kings won’t play consecutive games in the same city until November 5-7, when they host Columbus and Florida. Though there have been gaps between some of the home games, this does almost give off a feel of a Los Angeles – San Jose – Los Angeles – Edmonton – Winnipeg – Los Angeles – Chicago – St. Louis road trip.

There was a historic moment when we left LAX yesterday. This usually only happens at the White House, but the paths of the two Insiders crossed, and that’s always a good thing.

It’s always kind of cool when we’re around the Galaxy, and hey, there’s Robbie Keane and, now, Giovani dos Santos. If you’re a Galaxy fan and you’re not following Adam Serrano, you should be. Here, Adam explains what the Galaxy have to do to earn the Western Conference’s second seed when they visit Sporting KC tonight.

As their plane was bound for barbecue country, ours descended over Oil Country. Because of the time of day and the direction our aircraft was facing, the sun didn’t really allow for any clear view of the terrain below.

OK, Insiders, it’s time for a note or two on how how the aesthetics and some of LAKI’s skeleton will change when the site’s update is completed. (The redesign is due to be finalized and implemented tomorrow.) As noted previously, there will be tabs at the top of the home page that will allow easy navigation between LA Kings Insider and Ontario Reign Insider. Insider Tweets will be compressed, new skins will be installed (good bye, Kopi and Dewey; hello Carts and Gabby), and you’ll be able to click on individual links for easy access to all stories written about a particular player. Also, there will be a partnership between LA Kings Insider and SolarCity, a company that designs, finances and installs solar power systems. The implementation of the SolarCity presence on the site will not be intrusive, nor will it affect the constitution of LAKI. There will not be SolarCity skins – only a small “presented by” sub-banner. The main reason I gave the OK to go ahead with the partnership is because it provides capital, some of which will be used to improve the site and widen the reach of the Ontario Reign Insider platform. If you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to email me at jonnyrosen-at-gmail, and I’ll do my best to respond as quickly as possible.

That’s it for now; the bus for Rexall Place leaves in under half an hour, so it’s time to get a move on. There’s lots more to come on a busy Sunday in Edmonton. As always, thank you for reading, Insiders.

Wild Rose Country

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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.