Good morning, Glendale - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Glendale, and good morning, Insiders. [howling]

It’s a hazy morning in the Sonoran Desert on the dawn of the 70th game of the LA Kings’ season. After a night of deep sleep was interrupted by a murder of crows outside the hotel, it’s time to get weird.

Stick taps to Edward Sharpe, aka Alex Ebert, a star of my high school’s soccer team. (His younger sister, who was part of our graduating class of 1999, was also a terrific soccer player.) This is part of LAKI’s efforts to relate everything back to soccer, which seems to be extremely not at all popular.

It’s also a rare early-season/late-season game in Arizona when most of the country observes Daylight Savings Time. Vast swaths of Arizona do not observe DST, so these are the rare trips where we don’t lose an hour flying east (hooray!) but sadly won’t gain a precious hour flying west (gacck!). Tonight’s game will be broadcast at 7:00 p.m. PT on FOX Sports West, with LA Kings Live beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sadly, one of the league’s Munters hot spots has not left any bread crumbs. (We will always have Dallas, Insiders.) The Kings are scheduled to take the Gila River Arena ice at 11:00 a.m., though I’m not expecting a full team skate. Waking up with the Kings will be posted around then. Let’s talk soon, gang, and strive to return home with head held high.


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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


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.