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Good morning, Insiders, and good morning, Boston.

We touched down in the Commonwealth just before 7:00 p.m. Monday, an arrival that was pushed back because of the team’s early morning practice at Toyota Sports Center. There has been snow in the area for the last several days, though this latest winter storm most greatly affected areas southeast of Boston and at the base of Cape Cod. The city received in the neighborhood of four-to-six inches of snow, according to the FOX affiliate’s local weather report last night, which represented the only real significant snowfall we’ve experienced in team travel this season. I haven’t been keeping an official tally, but I still believe that our trip to Winnipeg from March 5-6, 2014, featured the heaviest snowfall during my four-plus years of travel with the team.

So, today is kind of a big day. Milan Lucic returns to Boston for the first time on the same day that the Kings will celebrate their 50th anniversary of being awarded an NHL franchise. Several details of the anniversary celebration can be found here – the Kings will wear their gold and Forum Blue jerseys tonight – while I’ll share several Lucic sentiments from the morning skate. Because I’ll be back on radio this evening, LAKI will feature the general game-day morning skate quotes and what-have-you up until the game preview. Also, after speaking with Rogie Vachon and Luc Robitaille, I finished my LAK-dot-com anniversary story this morning, and I’ll let you know when that’s posted on the main site.

You may have already seen this, but make sure you take a look at Lucic’s letter to Boston, from The Players’ Tribune.

Before we touch base again from the morning skate, here’s a dark and snowy video of our touch down at Logan International Airport. Enjoy your Tuesday, Insiders.

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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.