Rookie Game #1: Scoring, Petersen/Rymsha/Roy quotes, photos - LA Kings Insider

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

First Period
1) VGK – Tomas Hyka (unassisted), 1:15

Second Period
2) LAK PPG – Matt Luff (Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Matt Roy), 11:45

Third Period
3) LAK – Philippe Maillet (Matt Luff), 4:35
4) LAK – Drake Rymsha (Evan Weinger), 4:48
5) LAK – Matt Roy (Matt Marcinew, Keegan Iverson), 5:41
6) VGK – Keegan Kolesar (Patrick Bajkov, Keoni Texeira), 8:25
7) LAK PPG – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Philippe Maillet, Matt Luff), 13:38
8) LAK – Matt Marcinew (Keegan Iverson), 14:10

Cal Petersen, on his assessment of his first game in a Kings jersey:
It definitely kind of started different than I wanted it to – the first shot with a Kings jersey on went in. But, surprisingly, right after the first three minutes went by, I had a little bobble handling the puck, but after that I settled down and just played my game. I kind of laughed to myself afterwards. But after that, it felt like I got better and better as the game went on and I thought the team played awesome and they really limited a lot of really good chances. I just had to do my part in spurts. I’m definitely happy with the win, and for the first game in a couple months, I’m pretty satisfied.

Petersen, on limiting rebounds:
A lot of it, I think, goes to the defensemen just boxing out. I put a couple rebounds in some tough spots but luckily I had defensemen right there helping me out. But you know I think that just kind of goes with settling down and not being too jittery and just playing your game and concentrating on the puck. But like I said, the defense did a really good job boxing everybody out around the crease so I could get a good look at shots and be able to make good rebound saves.

Petersen, on whether he has an easygoing presence in net:
I mean, it kind of happened organically. I used to get pretty fired up for games and pretty excited, and I found that it kind of translated poorly to my game, so right when I started going to college, I started concentrating on being calm, because I knew how it projected to the rest of the team. But that’s something that I’m really always working on and I think it’s becoming an asset of mine and it just kind of helps keep my mind focus and not get too amped up and be able to be athletic when I need to.

Drake Rymsha, on what he showed in the game:
I was happy with my game. I had good speed and good connection with my linemates. He (Evan Weinger) made a really good play and I was able to put it in.

Rymsha, on driving to the front of the net to score:
We forced a turnover and Weings, he made a great play backdoor. I was just going hard to the net, hard to the back post and I got my backhand on it and it went right over his pad, so it was a great play by him.

Rymsha, on three goals and six points in two OHL preseason games, and whether that carried over:
Yeah, for sure. At the end of the day, it’s confidence, and if you’re playing with confidence and you trust your abilities then anything’s really possible, I think..

Rymsha, on his goal in returning to Sarnia:
Just have a strong year. At the end of the day, the game’s about winning. We have a good team right now, and to be able to win with them would be something special.

Matt Roy, on what the team did well in the win:
I thought we had a good comeback after that first goal. It was kind of a letdown letting one in so early, but I thought the guys bounced back. We all played well structurally, and we just kind of got going and got into a rhythm and it was fun.

Roy, on the team denying zone entries, and whether it was influenced by the forwards or defense:
A little bit of both. There’s a lot of communication, there’s certain plays defensively that we do to counter their offensive plays, so the D and the forwards working together, they all kind of helped out with that. We worked on that a little bit this week in practice, so it was nice to see that work out.

Roy, on any sense of why the team chose him to wear an “A”:
I don’t know. I think obviously [I spent] a little bit of last year in Ontario, so I kind of know the systems a little bit and know the staff a little bit more than some of the other guys. I’m not sure of the exact reason, but if I had to guess, I’m sure that’s part of it.

Photos, courtesy Jon Bradley:

Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.