Good morning, Raleigh - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, North Carolina, and good morning, Insiders.

For the first time in something like 30 years, give or take, we saw blue sky. Imagine that! After a rainy weekend in New York that followed a rainy week in Los Angeles, we descended upon Raleigh with nary a cloud to be seen and deplaned in warm and mild weather. Never has a group of Southern Californians (+ transplants) been so enamored with a 70-degree day. Wednesday certainly qualified as among the most beautiful days on the road this season.

Raleigh is one of the more unique places that we visit on the NHL circuit. We don’t stay near downtown or any semblance of a large, centralized commercial area. This is my fourth time visiting, and the only buildings larger than two or three stories that I remember seeing are the hotels we’ve stayed at. It’s very suburban, with wide, divided boulevards criss-crossing a heavily wooded area. To my understanding it’s one of the more educated areas of the country; within 45 minutes are the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University, and an hour beyond those schools, Wake Forest University. The Research Triangle is emerging as one of the east coast’s electronic gaming hubs, to which I say: BRING BACK MARBLE MADNESS.

Sadly, it is not the epicenter of Munters research and testing, and there are no evaporative cooling devices 100% visible from this (lousy) second floor view. More visible: The end of this four-game road trip, and the start of this weekend’s All-Star celebration in Los Angeles. It’s time to pack up shop and head to the rink, Insiders. There’s plenty more to come from PNC Arena, where the Kings and Canes will meet at 7:00 p.m. local time for a game that will be broadcast live on FOX Sports West (and FOX Sports GO) by Ralph Strangis and Jim Fox, and on KABC 790 (and I Heart Radio) by Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans. There’s plenty more to come on a game day, 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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