November 18 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Philadelphia. The Kings have returned to the team hotel following an early afternoon practice at Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell, New Jersey, where Guy Gaudreau – Johnny’s dad – runs the hockey program. If you have a few minutes, there’s more on the rink and South Jersey hockey roots right here.

The rink is home to Rowan University’s DII and DIII club programs, and there was a heavy student presence in the stands during practice. The DII team, which competes in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association, will travel to West Point for an away game against Army’s club team this Friday. The Kings were permitted to use Rowan’s dressing room and facilities for today’s skate.

Line rushes indicated no changes up front from the lines shown last night against the Flyers:

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

As for defensive pairings, Christian Ehrhoff took most of the reps alongside Jamie McBain. I spoke with Derek Forbort after practice, and he said of his performance and his borderline holding call on Tuesday, “Kind of a bad penalty. Can’t get my stick in there like that, but other than that, I thought it was pretty solid.” Brayden McNabb remained alongside Drew Doughty, and Jake Muzzin skated with Alec Martinez.

Because the team isn’t skating until the morning of Friday’s game in Detroit, today’s session was relatively lengthy for a practice the day after a game. In addition to the typical rush and flow-type drills, the team also placed Jonathan Quick and Jhonas Enroth on opposite widths of the ice for half-court three-on-three scrimmages. We see this several times a year. The photos:









Several more stories to come on a Wednesday in Philly…

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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.