November 9 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good day to you from the Kings’ El Segundo offices. When the team took the ice for practice earlier today, they were aligned thusly:

Black: Pearson-Kopitar-Brown
White: Lucic-Carter-Toffoli-Weal
Yellow: Gaborik-Andreoff-Lewis
Blue: Clifford-Shore-Nolan

-Jeff Carter left the ice at 10:25 a.m., though Darryl Sutter said the timing was due to a pre-arranged appointment, not anything injury-related. Jordan Weal assumed his spot after he left the ice.

-Defensive pairings appeared to be the same as those used at practice on Friday: McNabb-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez, Forbort-McBain and Ehrhoff-Greene. Darryl Sutter spoke about Forbort after practice before offering a very interesting account of how the Kings ultimately decided not to use a coach’s challenge on Florida’s goal, which was nearly off-side. Good Sutter quotes to come.

-The Royal Half’s game preview for tomorrow’s game against Arizona will feature a look back at The Royal Rebound, which is apparently the nickname affixed to Los Angeles’ remarkable comeback win over Dallas early in the 2007-08 season.

Tuesday will mark the eighth anniversary of that game, and I asked Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown – the only two current Kings who suited up in that game – about their off-hand recollections of the night, and it brought back some smiles. Both recalled the Kings’ rapid-fire succession of goals – five were scored in 5:07! – and Mike Modano’s equalizer with Marty Turco pulled to set up overtime. (Kopitar scored the overtime game-winner.) Brown remarked about how Dallas was a particularly difficult team to play in his early years in the league. Expect several media types to offer their recollections in tomorrow’s game preview at, as written by The Preview Professor Mike Commito.

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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.