March 2 practice, community notes - LA Kings Insider

A happy March to you, Insiders. After an off-day Tuesday, the Kings reconvened at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday and took the ice shortly before 10:00 a.m. Lines were color-coordinated as such:

White: Lucic-Kopitar-Toffoli
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Versteeg
Red: Brown-Lecavalier-Lewis
Yellow: King-Clifford-Shore-Andreoff

-Defensive pairs were Scuderi-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez and McNabb-Schenn with Jamie McBain skating as an extra. Jordan Nolan did not participate.

-So, here’s the update that we’ve been waiting for during LAKI’s 24-hour dark period: Kris Versteeg slotted to the right of Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter. “I think you don’t want to just put your toe in the water, you want to jump right in and try to play whatever way you can that will help the team immediately and make and immediate impact in whatever way that might be,” Versteeg told reporters. “I understand what they want me to do. Every team has me play a little bit differently at times, but at the same they want me to play my game, so I understand that. It’s about learning as fast as I can within the system and trying to contribute and help this team win. Like I said in a previous interview, I have one goal coming here, and that’s to win a Stanley Cup.” Lots more from Versteeg this afternoon.

-World Cup of Hockey rosters are coming out. See: RUSSIA, FINLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, SWEDEN . A reminder: These are preliminary 16-player rosters, so just because a player was omitted today (see: Sweden / John Klingberg), it doesn’t mean that he’s out of the tournament this summer. Remaining roster spots will be announced on June 1.

Team Europe will announce its roster at 1:30 p.m. PT, followed by North America at 2:15, Canada at 3:05 and the United States at 3:45. I’ve got an appointment at 4:45, so bear with a potential delay in getting up the initial U.S. roster (and potentially Canada’s). Of note: Rob Blake is an assistant general manager with Canada, while Dean Lombardi is the United States’ general manager.

-Several community notes passed along to LAKI from Kings Care and elsewhere:

BOOK DRIVE: Join the LA Kings in celebrating Read Across America week by supporting the LA Kings book drive, benefiting After-School All-Stars, GRYD Foundation and Reading is Fundamental on March 3. Donate a new book for children of any age on your way into STAPLES Center, and be automatically entered to win a signed puck! All donations will be met with a raffle ticket — increase your odds of winning by donating multiple books!

PET SUPPLIES DRIVE: Donate to the LA Kings Pet Supplies Drive, benefiting local organizations, on your way into STAPLES Center prior to the LA Kings vs Anaheim Ducks game on March 5. All donors will receive a raffle ticket in exchange for each item donated for a chance at winning a LA Kings signed hat!

DOG BOWL AUCTION: Support the LA Kings hand-painted, player-themed pet bowl auction, benefitting spcaLA, by texting KINGS to 52182 or by visiting lakings.com/auctions.

TASTE OF THE SOUTH BAY: The eighth annual Taste of the South Bay, which brings together chefs, restaurants and Kings personalities and alumni, takes place this Saturday night in Manhattan Beach. More information and tickets are available here.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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