March 12 postgame quotes: Mike Stothers - LA Kings Insider

On what was sweeter, the win or the ice cream party the team had afterwards:
The win was sweet. If you want to know about the ice cream party, you’ll have to talk to Hajter cause apparently he’s about elbow deep into a barrel of, I don’t know, cookie dough or something.

On the start and how happy he was with the result of the first period:
We gave up a shot seven seconds into the game. I thought of it as soon we were on the bench. [Reporter: I looked down at you and you were writing in your notebook.] We just talked about this, Lindsay and I, and we got a shot against seven seconds into the start of the game. [Reporter: And then after that?] But then after that, it was good. So, I guess I can’t complain. It was a good response. It was exactly what we needed. We played the way we’re capable of playing. Now we just gotta figure out how to do it consistently. [Reporter: What do you think maybe has to change to continue to keep doing it?] I don’t know. You hope it’s going to change. You look at our roster, we’ve got a few veterans. Got some younger guys. Our back end is very inexperienced, so we’re gonna have some nights where we’re not as clean as we should, come out of our end as easily as we should, we hang onto the puck. The biggest thing tonight is our D made a good, conscious effort to get the puck into the hands of our forwards as soon as possible. [Reporter: Very crisp all night.] Yeah. I don’t know. The reference I used before the game is you’ve got a line of Mersch, Henner and Purcell. Why wouldn’t you want to give them the puck? You’ve got three forwards like that, give them the puck. They want the puck. So give it to them. Makes everybody’s life happier.

On Brodzinski’s performance, his shot, and the idea of him knocking on LA’s door:
I’ve gotta hope and believe he’s knocking on the door. There’s not many guys that are just pure goal scorers. The goal, the one was just an unbelievable shot. And then he had another one on the power play I think it was, the second period, one-timer from a great pass from Teddy, it’s just like oh, man. I could watch him shoot all day. I do, I just watch him shoot all day. I just love it. I watch him in practice and watch him tee up a puck. Goalies don’t stand a chance. That should be outlawed.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.