Kings have put in a bid for the 2016-17 All-Star Game - LA Kings Insider

The rumblings I had heard within the organization were confirmed by a Kings spokesperson on Saturday: the Los Angeles Kings have put in a bid to host the 2017 All-Star Game.

This year’s All-Star Game will be held in Nashville on January 31, 2016, with the skills competition held one day earlier on January 30. As of now, there is no word on which other teams have put in a bid or are considering a bid, or when the 2017 All-Star Game host city will be announced. Los Angeles last hosted the All-Star Game in 2002, when the World All-Stars defeated the North America All-Stars 8-5 in the final World versus North America format. Eric Daze was named the game’s MVP despite North America’s losing effort. The Kings also hosted the 1981 All-Star Game.

From my understanding in discussing this with team sources, the Kings feel as though they will have a very strong claim for the 2017 All-Star Game, which will occur during the club’s 50th NHL season (and also the 50th seasons of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, who relocated from Minnesota). According to the team spokesman who confirmed the news, the Kings’ game operations, social media campaign and business structure are all viewed in very positive lights, and that the team has won multiple Stanley Cups in recent years and plays in the second largest media market in North America doesn’t exactly hurt the cause. The Toronto Maple Leafs will also celebrate their 100th season in the NHL in 2016-17, for what it’s worth.

Other than the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the last large-scale league event hosted by Los Angeles was the 2010 NHL Draft.

More to come on this developing story in the coming months…

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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.