Good morning, Winnipeg - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Winnipeg, good morning, Insiders, and good morning, 2018-19 road schedule.

So! Let’s ease into these road games against the ::checks notes:: Western Conference championship finalists. It’s the Jets’ home opener tonight, marking the second time in six years the Kings will hear the first deafening TRUE NORTH of the season. On Thursday, we’ll also experience the pageantry and introductions in Montreal, which should be pretty special, and against a Habs team with three points through two games and four days off in advance of their home opener, there will be tremendous energy in the building. But, we’re not there yet. Back to Winnipeg.

So, this is the 10th year of LA Kings Insider. Oh, I’ve wasted my life. I don’t really want to make an enormous deal out of it, because round numbers are hardly anniversaries – they’re just round numbers. But I do want to say thank you for letting me slide into your digital lives and welcoming me to laugh at the same jokes you and Rich laughed at. I mean, when we travel to Dallas, I get three notifications before I even wake up asking for photos of Munters Central. These are the best compliments. I mean, we’ve created an anthropomorphic deity named MUNTY together. When I was mere weeks into the gig in the winter of 2013, the late and welcoming Bruce Cameron, aka Ice Guy, shipped an LAKI mug to me to welcome me to the group. Emailing with him, I learned that – through his film and TV work and craft services experience – that “when you get a coffee and a plastic spoon, stir the coffee. If the spoon comes out like its been in an acid bath – THEN you know it’s good coffee.” Thank you, Bruce. Let’s all have fun in IceGuy’s name this year and for all the hand-wringing, let’s also make sure this fun and irreverence remains part and parcel to the news and reporting. Thank you, as always, for reading.

Because it was Canadian Thanksgiving, it was a quiet day on the streets of Winnipeg when we landed shortly after 3:00 p.m.:

The Kings are scheduled to take the ice at 11:30 a.m. at Bell MTS Place. I’ll join TSN 1290 at 9:00 a.m. PT and JetsTV at 4:10 p.m. PT. Big thanks to Ryan Brandt with TSN and JetsTV Host and Insider Jamie Thomas for the invites! It’s fun to make an extended Canadian swing so early in the season. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

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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.