State of the Franchise event on Thursday for Kings Season Ticket Members - LA Kings Insider

State of the Franchise is back as the Kings will host the annual event for Season Ticket Members this Thursday, August 30. The event, which will be held at the The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE, starts at 7 PM and will feature a panel of club executives including Team President Luc Robitaille and General Manager Rob Blake. Also expected to be in attendance is Kings forward Dustin Brown, along with Kings prospects Gabriel Vilardi and Daniel Brickley.

From the Kings:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will host a special State of the Franchise event for Kings Season Ticket Members to help set the stage for the upcoming 2018-19 NHL season.

The event, which is open to the media, takes place this Thursday at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE and begins at 7 p.m.

Throughout the evening Season Ticket Members will hear from club executives including Kings President Luc Robitaille and Kings General Manager Rob Blake while members can also ask questions of the featured participants. In addition, Kings forward Dustin Brown – who this season is expected to become the Kings’ all-time leader in regular season games played – will be at the event as will Daniel Brickley and Gabriel Vilardi.

Additionally, the event will include special appearances by two NHL Trophies – the Frank J. Selke Trophy (Kings captain Anze Kopitar won the award this past season) and the William M. Jennings Trophy (Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won the award this past season) – plus several Kings alumni members and club broadcasters will be on hand to sign autographs.

In all, six total gentlemen are expected to be at the event – Robitaille, Blake, Rogie Vachon, Bob Miller (broadcaster) Nick Nickson (broadcaster) and Pete Demers (athletic trainer) – with all six having been inducted into and/or recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Take a look back at last season’s State of the Franchise event with Jon’s recap HERE. Last season’s event included talk on philosophies, systems and a look down the Kings pipeline with a full organizational depth chart.

With Jon out of the office this week, I’ll be covering the event for the Insider site – Come say hi if you see me around.

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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.