Good morning, Tampa - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Central Florida, and good morning, Insiders.

Well, hey, that was a fun football game last night. I don’t think it’s possible to get sick of Tom Brady late-game comebacks. Taking advantage of a gutted Atlanta defense that was on the field for 93 snaps (and a Falcons offensive coordinator who hits on 17 decided to throw the ball with an eight point lead while in field goal range), Brady exuded his familiar and poised fourth quarter and overtime self by leading his team to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. You know those players who raise their games when the stage is bigger? (Barry Trotz referenced Drew Doughty in a similar claim yesterday morning.) Brady’s among the most representative of that abstract evaluation across all platforms. Watching the fourth quarter and overtime last night was like watching art or poetry as it was being created. There are so many players and coaches who were responsible for that comeback, but Brady, along with Bill Belichick, is as responsible as any for creating the type of winning aura that permeates through a franchise and causes one to recognize the grace of a situation such as last night’s as it occurs.

So, we missed the first quarter of the football game last night. That’s no biggie, because we gained an extra quarter at the other end. It’s a long drive from the Verizon Center to Dulles International Airport – extended by the traffic leaving the District – and the game began during our final approach into TPA.

Prior to landing, those on the starboard side of the charter were treated to a spectacular sunset. Who needs the Super Bowl when you – GAHHH, LAND THE PLANE ALREADY!

The sun has risen again and will welcome us to the much warmer portion of this trip with an 80-degree Gulf Coast day. I’ll take advantage of a comfortable morning by heading to Best Buy or Radio Shack to pick up a new power supply after having appeased the Vengeful Verizon Center Pressbox Deity by granting it my charger yesterday afternoon. Bear with any errand-related delays this morning, Insiders. Waking up with the Kings will follow, as will a 2:00 p.m. ET practice from Amalie Arena. 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.