Updating the archives: 2015-16 in LAKI photos - LA Kings Insider

Continuing a tradition that began last year, I’m conducting an annual spring summer cleaning on my phone and before deleting some 2,500 photos decided to share many of those from the past 10 months of Kings games, practices and travel. Some of you may seen a handful of these photos on my Instagram account, and several of the shots are shown with added filters. (Speaking of which, I’m planning on creating an LAKI Instagram for the upcoming season instead of posting semi-erratically from my personal one.) (If you’re the owner of the impostor @lakingsinsider Instagram account, hey, gimme a shout.)

There are photos of Insiders, a Frozen Fury Insider dinner, Hall of Fame broadcasters, the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, the team’s finall visits to Rexall Place, Mt. Loud – The Peak of Noise, the Pepsi Center scoreboard, which would look great with Mario Kart 64, the very friendly bomb sniffing doggie Payton, Jim Fox’s induction into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and Munters units and networks in Sunrise and San Jose. Some of these photos may have been used in Good Morning posts; many are blurry. Photos are shown chronologically, beginning in the preseason, and all should be credited to LAKI if shared, except for the Peter Budaj photo (credit: Ontario Reign) and the shot of Daryl and I holding microphones (credit: our stage manager, Lisa, in Vancouver). Enjoy!

Previously: 2014-15 in LAKI photos

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You never know what you’ll find in Bakersfield.

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C is for Cliffy

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Poor Whick. There’s a dangerous area in the corner of the main rink at Toyota Sports Center, near the team’s dressing rooms and where much of the media assembles. Pucks deflected into the netting are known to redirect straight down, and Mark Whicker of LA News Group took one of those pucks off the head before it landed directly in his cup of coffee. I still feel guilty that after making sure Mark was OK, I asked if he’d be a good sport and allow me to photograph the incident. He was – thank you, Whick.

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Dodgers-Rockies! Alex Wood did not make it twice through Colorado’s order, and the Rockies won, 12-5.

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The Monarchs received their championship rings the day before the NHL season began at a really nice ceremony inside Flemings at L.A. Live. It was great to see Brian O’Neill spend the evening with his former teammates on the day he was traded to New Jersey.

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Opening night

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LAKI Hall-of-Famer, James Nicholson. With all your tablets, James, YOU BETTER NOT MISS ANY CONTROLLED ZONE ENTRIES.

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Have at these, Insiders.

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Coincidentally, this photo was captured and labeled as IMG_7373.

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Construction of Rogers Place in late October, 2015

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MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Fun, noisy building with the best pressbox vantage point in the NHL, probably.

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Chicago

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Derek Forbort

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LAKI Suite Night!

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Philadelphia

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On a night in which the the Flyers honored Simon Gagne, the excellent Philadelphia PR staff allowed LAKI a few minutes with the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion.

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Detroit

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Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Cary, N.C.

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A Petr Klima Kings jersey, spotted in the wild!

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A hard-working, reliable Munters unit in Sunrise, Fla.

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Hall of Fame Los Angeles Kings broadcasters Jiggs McDonald, Bob Miller and Nick Nickson

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Photographer Steve Babineau, a fixture at TD Garden and Verizon Wireless Arena, was shooting the Kings-Panthers game in November. He’s Manchester’s team photographer and was very happy to show off his championship ring prior to warm-ups. See you in Boston, Steve.

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Tampa

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Closing up shop the night before a long road trip

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Columbus

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Pittsburgh

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Suburban Ottawa

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Montreal

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We were in Montreal for four days, which isn’t a bad thing. Two days before the Kings-Habs game, we saw the Canadiens host the Sharks and Torrey Mitchell fought Barclay Goodrow. Montreal wasn’t scoring at all during this stretch, and after out-Corsiing the heck out of San Jose throughout much of the first period, Patrick Marleau scored against the run of play before a pair of early second period Sharks goals put a stranglehold on the game. San Jose won, 3-1.

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Toronto

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We spend a lot of time in Glendale, Ariz.

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Vancouver

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Edmonton

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December 29, 2015 – the Kings’ final game at Rexall Place

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Calgary

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Denver

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Do you remember the late 1990’s, when The Forum was basically the western outpost of The Joe?

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Matt Leinart + son. Were there no hockey skates available?!

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Patrick O’Neal, a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Board of Directors

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Congratulations, James!

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Glendale, Ariz. (again)

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Boston

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From Delta’s in flight magazine

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Newark in the foreground, New York in the background

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Newark on the coldest morning of the year. It was one degree with a stiff wind when we arrived at the Prudential Center shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day.

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Washington, D.C., one of LAKI’s favorite road stops. We arrived the evening of Valentine’s Day the night before, and those who attended dinner at a very good Greek restaurant were entertained by a jazz-fusion Beatles cover band that did a great job with Tomorrow Never Knows.

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Stick

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Rick

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Dallas

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Carrlyn Bathe’s last day of work with the Kings. She’s doing a great job on a digital-heavy beat over at FOX Sports that focuses on wrestling, hockey and MMA.

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Leaving Minnesota for Winnipeg on a snowy morning

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Winnipeg

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This was a late arrival. It takes a long time to deice a 747, as it turns out.

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San Jose on a cold and drizzly morning

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818 // 310 | 323

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Descent over the San Juan Islands

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Vancouver

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Game pucks!

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Calgary

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Indulge me for a moment: Kobe’s final game was an amazing Los Angeles Sports Moment. In the fourth quarter, Staples Center erupted as it would for a Kings goal after every basket he made. There was an extreme amount of energy in the building that night.

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The Iron Maiden and San Francisco Giants (not pictured) planes were docked at the charter terminal when we left for San Jose during the playoffs.

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Silicon Valley, where Cisco has created one Munters that controls all units worldwide. (This is a lie.)

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A visual designer’s take on the Kings-Sharks first round series

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Exeunt.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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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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