Good morning, Edmonton - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Edmonton, and good morning, Insiders.

While we’re here, should I establish residence in Alberta? One out of every 7.7 games remaining is a road game against either Edmonton or Calgary, which means A) Buy stock in Allied Winter Wear, Inc., B) It’s a good thing we’re no longer posting clips of a Highlighted Local Artist and C) Back-to-backs, ahoy!

Calgary and Edmonton are both excellent hockey towns, and on the previous leg of this road trip, Director, Communications and Media Services Mike Kalinowski, Director of Team Operations Marshall Dickerson and I agreed that when visiting the Saddledome, you see a higher percentage of fans wearing the home team’s jersey than in any other rink in the league. (This was also spotted by the gentleman who attended all 30 NHL arenas over a span of 30 days, and was impressed by the C of Red.)

Hockey, perhaps to a degree as great as any major Canadian city, is such an integral part of the identity and focus of Edmonton, and I’m really jazzed to get a firsthand sense of how that transfers into the new arena amidst a cultivating air of optimism that had begun to form but hadn’t yet swept away the well deserved cynicism and dismissal that had hardened in Oilers fans during previous visits here.

We’ll have to wait another several hours to get a first look at Rogers Place because the team isn’t taking part in a morning skate and will instead hold meetings at the hotel, which is located much closer to the new arena than the old one. Waking up with the Kings will follow, as well as stories and reports as we get closer to game time. If you’re interested in a preview of tonight’s game, I’ll join Jason Gregor and Robin Brownlee on TSN 1260 at 2:25 PT this afternoon; click here to listen live.

There’s lots more to come, Insiders. 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

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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