Photos, Videos: Kopitar, Doughty at All-Star Skills Competition - LA Kings Insider

News, notes, sights and sounds from the NHL All-Star Skills Competition…

Let’s start with the famed GEICO Save Streak:

The accuracy shooting contest, despite a lack of breakable plates in the current format, has been a fixture of the skills competition. This was the drill that when LAKI was a seven-year-old hockey-in-the-hallway veteran, he would stack wooden blocks in front of a plastic goal and try to knock them down by shooting foam pucks from a plastic stick he bought at The Forum. “Good job, Jonny,” his babysitter would say between yawns after 90 minutes of supervising. Anze Kopitar didn’t have the greatest luck in this drill last night, but HEY, THAT’S NOT FAIR, THE TARGET LITERALLY CHANGED COLOR WHILE THE PUCK WAS IN THE AIR.

And, lo, Drew Doughty in the passing challenge:

Brandon Prust said it well:

T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt. More from Drew:, via the NHL Network:

Actual News: The All-Star Game will return to California for the second time in three seasons when San Jose hosts the event next season. (NHL.com) ||| Gary Bettman discusses the Olympics, Seattle’s expansion bid and goaltender interference. (Sportsnet) ||| Could you imagine a U.S. team with Auston Matthews, Johnny Gaudreau, Brock Boeser and, well, Patrick Kane? NHL All-Stars are disappointed that they won’t be able to participate in the Olympics this year. (LA Times)

Photos from the skills competition and media day: (lead photo via Dave Sanford/NHLI)

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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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