Photos: Kraft Hockeyville in Lumby, Vernon - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Kal Tire Place, where the Kings are taking part in a morning skate in advance of tonight’s preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers in Vernon, B.C., part of the Kraft Hockeyville fundraising endeavors that will provide $100,000 worth of upgrades to Pat Duke Memorial Arena in Lumby, B.C., a small town 25 minutes east of Vernon.

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Descent over beautiful Kelowna, B.C. and Okanagan Lake, home of the legendary Ogopogo. The WHL’s Rockets were previously based in Tacoma, Washington, and drew their name from Western Washington’s aerospace industry. Upon moving to Kelowna in 1995, they kept the name Rockets but changed their logo to depict Ogopogo.

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Landing in Kelowna

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The beautiful drive from Kelowna to Vernon took roughly 30 minutes.

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After arriving in Vernon, several representatives from the Kings – including Brayden McNabb and Tanner Pearson – along with the NHL and the NHLPA made the drive to Lumby to take part in a Q&A session at the local community center.

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Welcome to Lumby! Please take photographs better than LAKI.

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Central Lumby, BC

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It was a beautiful evening outside the White Valley Community Centre.

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The arena that will receive the upgrades as provided by the Kraft Hockeyville grant. More photos below.

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Getting ready to speak with kids and their parents inside the community center. (Centre?)

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McNabb, from the similarly sized town of Davidson, Saskatchewan, along with Pearson, from Kitchener, spoke about their backgrounds in hockey and took questions from Gene Principe of Rogers Sportsnet.

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The Lumby Stars! Pearson said that the logo was very similar to a minor hockey logo he wore growing up.

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Interior, Pat Duke Memorial Arena

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A very Canadian moment: We pulled off the highway to snap photos of this sign, and a friendly truck driver slowed down to ask if we were OK and needed help. Nope! We’re just Americans taking pictures of a Badger Crossing sign.

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Good morning, Bailey! Oilers jerseys outside the arena outnumbered Kings jerseys by an estimated ratio of 25-to-1. Bailey didn’t take kindly to an Oilers sign, and had to fend off a very brave young boy who had the audacity to challenge a lion to retrieve it.

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Kal Tire Place interior

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The Vernon Vipers have been a very successful BCHL team for the better part of the 2000’s. They’re coached by Mark Ferner, an inaugural Mighty Duck of Anaheim.

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Recommended Kraft Hockeyville reading, via Kevin Woodley of NHL.com: Death of coach sparked Kraft Hockeyville campaign

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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