March 12 practice notes: Shattenkirk suspended two games; Bishop's mask - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, Insiders. The Kings held an optional skate that concluded with some shootout work on Ben Bishop in which Assistant Coach Davis Payne took part. Smiles were had. There were no line rushes, and neither Jordan Nolan nor Nick Shore participated.

-Kevin Shattenkirk has been suspended two games for his charging minor on Kevin Gravel last night.

Shattenkirk has been one of LAKI’s favorite players around the league to speak with before a game, but that’s clearly a bad hit, and it’s not one of those upward momentum, springboard-type hits in which contact causes the player to elevate when delivering it. The Department of Player Safety illustrates it more eloquently, but Shattenkirk launches himself forward with both feet leaving the ice as he makes Gravel’s face the principal point of contact. Considering he had no priors, two games is appropriate. This is the second time a player has been suspended for a hit against the Kings this season; in December, Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki was suspended two games for boarding Tyler Toffoli.

-After leaving the ice, Ben Bishop showed off his new mask, which is designed by DaveArt:

The mask, which arrived yesterday, was painted in a similar style to his Bolts helmet, and like that one, also glows in the dark. He said he doesn’t offer too much direction to the artist, instead letting David Gunnarson use his creativity. When he was younger, his favorite masks were those worn by Ed Belfour and, as a St. Louis native, Curtis Joseph’s Blues mask. Other Kings to have worn DaveArt masks include Jack Campbell, Peter Budaj, Jonathan Bernier and Jhonas Enroth.

-In attendance for Adrian Kempe’s first career goal? His parents, who traveled from Stockholm to watch him play. They were also in attendance for the Nashville game and will remain in town for a week as the seven-game home stand continues. His mother had already caught him in Ontario this season, but his father, a hockey coach who also develops players and works in a number of roles with Göta/Traneberg IK, a team in Sweden’s Division 2, traveled to Los Angeles for the first time this season, Kempe said.

-An interesting quote from Darryl Sutter: “We’re trying to be a good middle-of-the-pack team, which is what our realistic expectations were coming into the year, instead of saying ‘this is what we are, this is what we [aren’t], and it’s a real fair evaluation of our group.” Full quotes to come.

Shootout practice at the end of an optional skate

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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.