Preseason schedule, rookie games announced - LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Kings will begin their 50th season in the National Hockey League by playing an intra-squad game plus a total of eight pre-season games against the Coyotes, Ducks, Avalanche, Oilers and Stars. The full schedule:

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 p.m.: Kings vs Kings, Ontario, CA (Citizens Business Bank Arena)
Monday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.: Kings vs Coyotes, Los Angeles, CA* (Staples Center)
Monday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.: Kings vs Coyotes, Glendale, AZ* (Gila River Arena)
Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.: Kings vs Ducks, Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
Friday, September 30, 6:00 p.m.: Kings at Avalanche, Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Sunday, October 2, TBA: Kings at Oilers, TBA, BC* (Arena TBA)
Sunday, October 2, 5:00 p.m.: Kings at Ducks, Anaheim, CA* (Honda Center)
Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.: Kings vs Stars, Las Vegas, NV (T-Mobile Arena)
Saturday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.: Kings vs Avalanche, Las Vegas, NV (T-Mobile Arena)
-all times Pacific
*denotes a split-squad game

Tickets for preseason games at Staples Center will go on sale later this summer, while ticket packages for the Kings vs Kings game in Ontario can be purchased here and are also included with all Ontario Reign full season packages. The game in Lumby, B.C. is part of the league’s Kraft Hockeyville Canada series, while the two games in Las Vegas represent what is likely to be the final Frozen Fury, as territorial rights will evolve in advance of 2017-18 when the expected expansion team begins play at T-Mobile Arena.

Los Angeles will also travel to Gila River Arena in Glendale for rookie tournament games against the Coyotes on September 20 and 21.

As previously reported, Los Angeles is expected to open the season at San Jose on Wednesday, October 12, and return to Staples Center for the home opener against Philadelphia on Friday, October 14, 49 years to the date that the team played its first NHL game, also against the Flyers. The full NHL schedule is expected to be announced next week, per reports.

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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.