Wednesday links, May 5: Fort McMurray relief, Reign, more - LA Kings Insider

Kings fans, if you choose to donate to assist those displaced and affected by the wildfires that have afflicted Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta, click here to be taken to a Canadian Red Cross donations page. While the winds in the area have died down, the fire is unfortunately expected to grow as no precipitation is expected over the next several days. Blues forward Scotty Upshall is from Fort McMurray, and his teammate Colton Parayko is a fellow Fort McMurray Oil Baron. As Craig Custance noted, Tyler Toffoli was among the players who participated in a 2011 Team Canada junior national team intrasquad game in Fort McMurray, which is a four and a half hour drive north-northeast of Edmonton.


REIGN TRAIN. Ontario and San Diego meet up tonight for Game 1 of the AHL’s first all-Southern California playoff series. (Tickets are available here.) Lindsay Czarnecki, who does a phenomenal job covering the Reign on a daily beat and keeping tabs on Kings prospects, spoke to Nic Dowd and Paul LaDue this morning (LaDue is not expected to play) in addition to Head Coach Mike Stothers. She also posted notes from the morning skate, which suggest that Jonny Brodzinski and Ryan Horvat, both out with undisclosed injuries, are unlikely to play tonight. For San Diego, starting goaltender Anton Khudobin, who was injured in the first round, did not take the ice at the morning skate, so expect Matt Hackett to start in net for the visitors. Hackett was 10-7-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average and .895 save percentage for the Gulls this season.

A+ ADS. took a look at commercials starring current and former Kings over the last three decades. There’s an Erik Ersberg sighting, as well as a pair of ads paying homage to the original LA Kings Slap Shop. I still have strong pangs of nostalgia driving along Ventura Boulevard where the old Sherman Oaks store was located. (stick tap to Spike Coffman)

AROUND THE INTERNETS: JFTC has a threepart series analyzing the challenges faced by the Los Angeles blue line. Also: Ontario #fancystats. | Jason Lewis at HockeyBuzz examines the blueprint the Kings use towards acquiring outside talent via trade. | Taylor Blake Ward of Frozen Royalty examines the Reign-Gulls series. | Bad news, via the Seattle Times, for the city’s efforts to build an arena that could house an NHL or NBA team. The Seattle Process still exists. | Jaromir Jagr will play in the NHL in a season in which he’ll turn 45 years old. He had 27 goals as a 44-year-old.

Good for you, Rich.


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Lots more to come tonight from Ontario.

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.