Good morning, St. Louis - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, St. Louis, and good morning, Insiders.

It may have been obscure, but if you recall back to the previous edition of Good Morning, St. Louis, there are several rooms that you don’t want to draw at this hotel:

1) Metallic Clanging Flagpole Room
2) Vibrating Room Above Ventilation Equipment
3) Bright Lights, Big City Room

As you can see from the lead photo, the flagpole is directly outside this room, and thankfully, the hotel has addressed the cacophonous clanging of grommets against metal. But this room does face directly out to the vividly lit parking structure, which I’m pretty sure you can see from space. There are also floodlights that illuminate the facade of the hotel, which make this The Room Of Perpetual Daylight. Unfortunately, we have drawn Bright Lights, Big City Room.

I don’t mean to dismiss our wonderful and easy travel that I don’t have to pay for. But if there’s anything that sportswriters love talking about other than Bruce Springsteen, it’s the ins and outs of transit and the peculiarities of visiting other cities and hotels around the league. This will all be revealed in my mid-summer Travel Corsi Ratings that will assign a detailed rating to each Western Conference city.

Speaking of Bruce, The River Tour hits L.A. for three dates, all of which coincide with Kings home games. /sad emoji

The Kings don’t practice until 2:00 p.m. local time. I’ll have Waking up with the Kings up in an hour or so, but other than a practice report and any theoretical transactions that could take place, I’m trying to avoid a busy, go-go-go day after working through the recovery day a few days ago and having to take care of some personal items that tend to get shoved aside during a two-week trip. OK, enough of my life story. More to come, 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.