Good morning, Philadelphia - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Philadelphia, and good morning, Insiders.

It’s too bad that the Tri-State leg of this road trip ended in Brooklyn, because unlike Madison Square Garden or Prudential Center, there’s no convenient means to take the train down to Philadelphia. Barclays Center sits atop the Long Island Railroad’s Atlantic Terminal, which does not have Amtrak access, so instead of taking a bus to Penn Station and hopping on the train, we simply rode the bus all the way down to Philly. The trip across Staten Island – Wu Tang, forever – and down the New Jersey Turnpike clocked in at roughly one hour and 45 minutes.

I don’t want to get into too deep a dive here, but if you’d like to know more about the New Jersey Turnpike, I’d recommend watching Being John Malkovich. See it for a second, or third, or 10th time, if you haven’t seen it in a while. The educational video explaining why the 7 1/2 floor exists is among my favorite scenes in any film or TV comedy.

It’s right up there with the educational video Meat and You: Partners in Freedom from Lisa the Vegetarian.

Well, we’ve hit the Good Morning trifecta: transit updates, obscure movie references and a Simpsons clip. That’ll do it for now. Waking up with the Kings should come out around the 10:00 hour L.A. time, possibly sooner. It’s a day in the weight room but off the ice for a team that just completed a back-to-back and will face the red-hot Flyers tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Center. I’m starting to work on a Dustin Brown feature to commemorate his approaching 1,000 game milestone, so there won’t be much else in terms of player or staff interviews today, barring any breaking news. Enjoy your Sunday, Insiders. Thank you, as always, for reading. Let’s talk soon.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

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

Bio

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.
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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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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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