The Gretzky Trade press conference; links, audio roundup - LA Kings Insider

HAVE SOME TIME TO KILL? 30th Anniversary of ‘The Trade’ – Wayne Gretzky Joins the LA Kings (LA Kings) | How Jerry Buss and Bruce McNall brought Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles 30 years ago (The Athletic/$) | The Gretzky Trade: A day that shook Edmonton’s sporting foundation (Sportsnet) | 10 Wayne Gretzky trade facts 30 years later, from Alan Thicke to tears (USA Today) | Wayne Gretzky trade still ‘unthinkable’ 30 years later (Sporting News) | From 30 years ago: The day Wayne Gretzky went to L.A. (CBC Archives) | 30 years after his infamous trade, Wayne Gretzky has his eye set on the future of hockey (Edmonton Star) | Gretzky hopes to spread the hockey gospel in China (Edmonton Journal) | Gord Miller on Gretzky trade: ‘Its impact lasted for years’ (TSN Video) | McNall – It was actually Gretzky that held the trade together (TSN Video) | Gretzky helping to grow hockey in China (NHL.com) | Gretzky trade to Kings left long-lasting impact on NHL, sport (NHL.com) | Gretzky trade to Kings leaves mark on then-GM 30 years later (NHL.com) | Lafleur nearly joined Gretzky with Kings 30 years ago (NHL.com) |

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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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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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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