Good morning, Vancouver - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Pacific Northwest, good morning, Insiders, and good morning… final good morning post of 2016-17?

We opened the season with a blank canvas. “Let’s go exploring!” Calvin said with a day and a season full of possibilities ahead. The idealism, hope and innocence inherent in a 0-0-0 record was profound that October morn.

Some six months and 76 games later, we have been reduced to Sportscenter’s Y2K commercial. FOLLOW ME. FOLLOW ME TO FREEDOM!

We’re back in Vancouver, one of North America’s jewel cities, and it’s sunny! Imagine that. It’s a crime that we’ve visited only twice this year, and visited only twice last year, and when the schedule changes next year as Vegas enters the league, the Kings will visit twice in six of every seven seasons until the matrix shifts again. This isn’t a bad thing for the amount of travel Western Conference teams experience, and hey, visiting Las Vegas two extra times isn’t necessarily a negative, but if there are fewer opportunities to order the Xiao Long Bao at Lin’s, what’s the point?

And that leads to our final discussion topic of this season’s Good Morning posts, which ties in to the fact that the Kings and Canucks will be playing exhibition games in Shanghai – home of Xiao Long Bao – and Beijing this fall. What is your favorite Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles County? There should be two categories here. First, there’s the Western-style Chinese, such as Bamboo, or Yang Chow, both of which are delicious. And then there are the joints in Alhambra, Highland Park, Monterey Park, San Gabriel and points east. If we’re talking SGV, I’m Sea Harbour all the way.

Speaking of sea harbors, there’s an awfully beautiful one outside this hotel room. I’ll have lots more to come today from Vancouver, where the Kings are scheduled to practice at 1:00 p.m. Thank you for reading these silly good morning posts from the road, 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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