December 14 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On getting back to practice after an “emotional” loss:
It’s a loss. What’s the difference, right? We didn’t get a power play last night, so we had to work on it today. I just think [we had to work on] a little bit of that skill stuff, the stuff that goes away when you don’t practice or don’t skate the day before – the skating and the shooting and that sort of stuff. It’s not that big a deal.

On whether he saw energy and attention to detail at practice:
Yeah, it’s fine. That comes from your top players and your older players, and those are the guys that sort of control that always, the level of it.

On memories of Joe Louis Arena:
Yeah, I remember mostly about the Joe the Norris Division. When we first started playing at Joe, Detroit was not a very good hockey team. It was probably just when Steve (Yzerman) was coming or just before, and they were still in that real old guard. We had a lot of high-scoring in our favor games in that, including playoffs, and then as it went along, in the coaching part of it, then when they had the great team, and we had a really good team in Chicago, too. The last time I coached in Chicago, we played Detroit in the conference finals, so that was a great series. Konstantinov scored in overtime against Belfour. I remember both teams had really good teams. We’d lost Roenick and I think Steve Smith during that, and it really hurt us.

On old arenas being replaced by newer buildings:
What’s [KeyBank Center]? [Reporter: ’96. Opened in 96. Anaheim opened in ‘93]. Yeah, that’s right, because it was the year after the lockout, this one. That’s right. [Reporter: Are there any emotions or anything that’s stirred in you knowing that the third oldest building will be friggin’ Anaheim next year?] Been in all the old building – Toronto, Montreal, Detroit. This is the third one now. They’re all great buildings, you hate to see ‘em go, but that’s what happens. It’s like going to a new house. It’s like leaving the old farmhouse, right? You hate to see it go. [Reporter: You just outgrow it sometimes, or a different part of your life or whatever.] Yeah, I think it doesn’t matter where you’re at in your career. When you go to places like that, and you’re going to remember it, and you should have good memories. I remember the press box. … The way Detroit’s booth is up there, the Red Wings, and then the visiting teams, so really, you’re both just standing there, right? I remember all those things well. Heck, I remember Gordie Howe had come to ask me because he didn’t have a seat, he said, ‘can I stand here?’ I said, ‘it’s your house.’ [laughs]

On whether Detroit plays a different style of play with personnel having evolved:
Well, for sure, when you start moving Lidstrom, Chelios, Datsyuk, as those guys get older, those guys were a great possession, slow-it-down, make-the-play game. And actually, as well as they’ve done over the years, when your team is always in the playoffs and always doing really well, you’re generally not drafting at the high end of the draft, which means that you have to wait for guys, you get a lot of role guys, you get checking, grinder, that type of guy, so your skill’s going to change. I’m sure that’s what they feel they’re going through now.

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.