Good morning, Vancouver - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Vancouver, and good morning, Insiders.

We’re back on. The Kings’ annual late December Western Canada trip is upon us, and this is a trip that the team has done a good job of grabbing points on in the last two years, having gone a combined 4-1-1 against Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. (The year before, Los Angeles lost all four games of a Central Division swing as part of an early winter slump that was largely forgotten through 26 playoff games.)

It’s still a bit dark in Vancouver. I’m not sure if we’ll even see the sun today as the forecast calls for the temperature to hover between 37 and 40 degrees as showers give way to mostly steady rain in the afternoon, which is pretty par for the course this time of the year around these parts. Even at 8:45 a.m., there are still lights on across the bay in leafy North Vancouver and in picturesque Coal Harbour (not that Coal Harbour), which is a short walk away from the beautiful natural expanse of Stanley Park. As I’m writing this, a seaplane took off within earshot of our hotel room. Stop being so Pacific Northwest, Pacific Northwest.

There was a snowstorm in the region over the weekend, and while there isn’t any snow in the warmest areas near the water and in the downtown area, we passed through some neighborhoods between the airport and the hotel that were still a bit dicey and unplowed. There wasn’t a lot of snow, but there was still clearly some snow on the ground on Granville, south of Broadway and short of one of the most filmed anonymous roadways on the planet, Granville Bridge. Seriously, go watch Deadpool if you’d like to get a really nice tour of Vancouver without having to leave the comfort of Southern California weather.

We landed at YVR shortly before 4:00 p.m., roughly “two hours after flying directly over Yosemite Valley.

There’s – surprise! – more to come from Rogers Arena, Insiders. If you’re around a computer right now, click here to catch my preview of tonight’s game with TSN 1040 Vancouver, which is coming up pretty quickly at 9:05 a.m. Let’s talk soon.

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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.