Good morning, Edmonton - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Edmonton, and good morning, Insiders.

There are a number of NHL cities that are great hockey towns; one of them, Detroit, even has a trademarked HOCKEYTOWN moniker that falls on top of the Red Wings’ logo. STATE OF HOCKEY, also trademarked. But even in the American footprint across the M-states and colder climates, nothing really compares to the expanse of interest in virtually all Canadian markets, and Edmonton is probably the city that typifies more than any other of what it means to be a hockey town. I’m not sure exactly what that means or how to describe it. It’s essentially a shallow appraisal. It’s a feel, though, and it feels stronger in Edmonton than the other Canadian cities we visit frequently. “It just means more” is the mostly innocuous but also ridiculed money line in a commercial for SEC football. It’s kind of the same up in these parts. Maybe it’s applicable across Canada, but in Edmonton it does seem that “it just means more.”

Los Angeles is not necessarily a bona fide hockey town by virtue of the climate and the number of other activities and sports teams that capture the interest of 22 million or so Southern Californians, but through 51 years it has made a profound mark on hockey culture. The number of Hall of Famers based in Los Angeles or those who have coached the Kings, played for the Kings or called Kings games is also impressive. When the doors open and the media enters the team’s room, it’s not just Jim Matheson who has been honored with a Hockey Hall of Fame award; it’s Helene Elliott, it’s Nick Nickson. In the past, it has been Bob Miller. In the future, it wouldn’t be any sort of shock to see Darryl Sutter, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar or Jonathan Quick receive a Hall nod. It’s always interesting, amidst the backdrop of a hockey town such as Edmonton, to see the convergence of such great players and hockey thinkers, and the Kings and their culture have contributed deeply toward that in convergence with the Oilers, their long-time, if interrupted, divisional rivals.

Meanwhile, here’s a view of the plane landing at YEG:

The Kings are scheduled to skate at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. There’s lots to talk about, Insiders. Let’s chat 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


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.