Wednesday afternoon links, May 11 - LA Kings Insider

-On the subject of players going helmet-free in warm-ups, Darryl Sutter memorably quipped in 2013, “That should be their 16 minutes [for] people to see that he’s got blonde hair, or sideburns,” as he offered support for one of the rare moments that you can see players interact and show personality outside of the lines of competition. But the vast stretches outside of the public’s eye can be challenging and crippling, as they can be for anyone, and those moments aren’t widely captured by fans or the media. For Jonathan Quick, it must have been excruciating coming into the rink in the winter of 2014 when his close friend and former coach, Jason Pagni, was killed in an automobile accident. Likewise, for Linden Vey, the past two and a half seasons must have been unimaginably difficult, given what we know now from reports that detail a plan between his father and area woman in rural Saskatchewan who had conspired to murder their spouses. His father, Curtis, goes on trial later this month with Angela Nicholson, who is also charged.

If you are so inclined, please keep the Vey family – including Linden’s older brother, Shaun, who battled testicular cancer during during the time of the ordeal – in your thoughts and prayers during this time. To go what he had to go through while under scrutiny as a public figure and as someone trying to define his role and latch on permanently in the NHL is a bit of a challenge to wrap one’s head around. For however trite it sounds, Linden is a good kid; I’m rooting hard for him to succeed.

-More uplifting news – Retta talks about how she became a Kings fan, and it’s hilarious. This is my favorite bit:

The Chairman’s Room turned out to be a li’l barroom that had snacks and TVs playing sports channels. There was an older black couple at the bar, and for me it wasn’t a big deal cuz this is LA. Black folks are everywhere, right? But the novelty was lost on me because I forgot where I was. I was at a hockey game, in the Chairman’s Room, where people with the baller-baller/shot-caller tickets hang out. The novelty was not lost on the older gentleman, who, upon seeing me, lit up with such excitement that I thought maybe I knew him. I didn’t. He was like, “Hey, sistuh!” A little thrown by his eagerness, I was like, “Heyyyy … sir.” And then it dawned on me. We were THREE unicorns in a basement bar. Even this unicorn couldn’t believe it.

Just over a year later she was presenting the Calder Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Here’s the default acknowledgement that the article is rated PG-13 and contains one or two Bad Words. It’s worth your time; read it.

-This is incredible. has more here, including a bit that Wyatt Nelson doesn’t want to be a play-by-play announcer, “he just wants to help his visually impaired father enjoy the game.”

ELSEWHERE: Shane Harper, formerly of the West Valley Wolves and California Wave, has re-signed with Florida. The Valencia native has racked up 77 goals and 161 points in 340 career AHL games and awaits his first NHL call-up. | Josh Cooper of Puck Daddy breaks down the difficult choices ahead for Dean Lombardi and company. | JFTC wonders whether Darryl Sutter re-signing would indicate that the Kings still have their foot pressed down heavily on the “Win Now” pedal. | More excellent detail by Jason Lewis of HockeyBuzz, who asks how one defines “progress” with players.

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.