October 18 postgame quotes: Cammalleri, Kempe - LA Kings Insider

Michael Cammalleri, on taking care of business at home before a road trip:
There was an awareness of that. We were happy with the first five-game segment at home with only one road game, but also an awareness that you have a second five-game segment here with one last home game. You want to make sure to try and grab those two points, so that’s a positive.

Cammalleri, on his personal contributions:
It was nice to contribute tonight. I thought Adrian obviously had a really good game. It just felt good. It felt good to contribute, certainly.

Cammalleri, on his line’s chemistry as the game progressed:
It’s been one of those things where we’ve been working on it together a little bit here over the past couple weeks. Sometimes when you get a little bit of a result, it adds to the conviction.

Cammalleri, on Adrian Kempe’s skill:
His skating ability allows him to be so effective. It’s a matter of him really just finding the way he’s going to be successful at this level, and more importantly, starting from our end out. The less time we play in our end, the better we play defensively, and it allows to go and have some energy for offense.

Cammalleri, on his first goal:
It’s just a reactionary thing. Jake made a good play trying to find me there, they got a stick on it, and I was just trying to get as much – you tend to say wood but they aren’t made of wood anymore – as composite on it as you can, swing at it.”

Adrian Kempe, on his game-by-game progress:
I think I’ve played better and better. I know I haven’t played that much since I had looked forward to, so it’s always tough when you don’t get as much ice time as you want, but you’ve got to fight and keep working hard every day and don’t quit. I had a chance to play more tonight. It was tough for the team that Carts got out, but it was a chance for a person to step up, and I had my chance and I scored on my chances, so it was pretty good.

Kempe, on whether his confidence grew as the game progressed:
Yeah, obviously I was looking for the first goal before the game, and sometimes you kind of overwork and chase a little bit too much, and after you get the first one, you feel a bit more comfortable about yourself. Everything felt [inaudible], so that was exciting for the line, for the team.

Kempe, on his reaction to the hats hitting the ice:
Obviously I was just feeling it for the moment. After I had the second one I was just feeling very comfortable on the cie. We got in on the forecheck, and I was just feeling the puck was going to come to me, and I got it and I scored, so that was big. Most important, the team won, and I;m most excited for that.

Kempe, on how hard it is to slow up on a play and find his spot:
Obviously it’s hard. As I said before, the games before, I think I chased a little bit too much, and sometimes we work a little bit too hard with too much and you’ve got to be more patient sometimes. After I had two goals, you obviously get more comfortable and patient, too, on the ice. I was just feeling that the puck was going to come to me there on the third one, and it did, so I was excited for that.

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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.