Updating the archives: 2017-18 in LAKI photos - LA Kings Insider

SPRING CLEANING | Every year there is a treasure trove of photographs that do not meet LAKI’s oppressively stringent quality requirements. So, should they not be deemed glossy and pristine enough to grace the distinguished header of a Good Morning, St. Louis post, many will be shared as part of a “year in photos” archival offering each off-season. This year, there are the familiar photos out of the windows of airplanes, hotels and airport terminals interspersed with the bench pics I take after my FOX Sports West interviews and the general travel and practice snapshots. Also, there are festive Daryl Evans suits. So many festive Daryl Evans suits.

Previous annual photo archives: 2014-15 | 2015-16 | 2016-17

DL flight 185 dep. LAX 12:51 p.m. 9/17/17…

arr. PVG 6:20 p.m. 9/18/17

Navigating Shanghai-Pudong International Airport

Arrival in Shanghai

Mercedez-Benz Arena

Photo credit: LA Kings

Tiananmen Square

Cadillac Arena, Beijing

Back on United States soil (though not quite adjusted to the time), the Kings traveled to Las Vegas to play the Golden Knights in their very first exhibition home game.

Warm-ups in San Jose

Saluting Bob Miller at Los Angeles City Hall

Adrian Kempe answers questions after recording his first NHL hat trick


Suburban Ottawa, ON

Much of the CBJ>TOR>OTT>MTL>BOS>STL trip was spent indoors watching the Dodgers in the World Series. We were in St. Louis during the wacky 13-12 Astros win in Game 5. Sigh…

Kurtis MacDermid, first career goal, scored on Carey Price, 10/26/17 @ MTL

Practicing on-campus at Boston University

LAK in the D

Patrick O’Neal shows off the spot underneath the United Center where he, Sean O’Donnell and I watched Alec Martinez score a Western Conference-clinching goal against the Blackhawks in 2014.

God Bless Ya

Remnants of the Skirball Fire, December 6, 2017

Commuting to work just west of the fires that crept into Bel Air

Hot spots still visible on the commute from work.

Alex and Adrian meet the Commish

Choppy and Lappy

Photo credit: Emily Grignavicius

New Year’s Eve, Vancouver, BC

Poor attempts made to capture the Vancouver fireworks from Canada Place

Foggy January 1 in Vancouver

Practice at the University of British Columbia

The hour-long flight from Vancouver to Edmonton is a scenic ride across the North Cascades, Rockies, Kootenays and Selkirks

Breaking: It is cold in Edmonton in early January

Scotiabank Saddledome

I’m seeing double! FOUR INSIDERS?!

Daddy and daughter afternoon

(For the final time ever on these pages??!) GABBO GABBO GABBO

Dallas, TX


Paul LaDue, first career goal, scored on Ben Bishop, 1/30/18 @ DAL

Nashville! Tootsie’s!

Late arrival in Winnipeg

Game-day media availability on the second day of a back-to-back set

Choppy and Jo. Bernier

Denver International Airport

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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.