Good morning, Toronto - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Toronto, good morning, CN Tower, and good morning, Insiders.

One of the great aspects – among many – of Toronto is that you can see the CN Tower, the largest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, from just about anywhere. It’s a stunningly massive edifice that makes 53,000 cubic yards of poured concrete appear beautiful and intimate in the sense that there are so many houses and apartments that have a view of the tower from quite some distance. Clearly John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, saw the picture of the two potted plants in Ottawa and said out loud to himself, from inside his gilded palanquin, “no, that will not do in our fair home.” Thank you, Mayor of Toronto John Tory.

Toronto is a wonderfully diverse city made up of an amalgamation of unique individual neighborhoods and very livable, if increasingly expensive. It’s filled with gnarly traffic that isn’t as bad as Los Angeles’ but can certainly hold its own in conversation. It’s walkable, it’s uber/lyft-able, it’s easy to find great restaurants and nightlife and the such. And this might be the best time of the year to visit, when it’s definitely not hot, but not too cold either, and a brisk fall evening sends scores of people out into its gridded avenues and boulevards on foot. After a 42-minute flight from Ottawa, we arrived at the perfect hour:

I could keep going. Along with New York and Montreal, Toronto is among the destinations I look at when viewing the NHL schedule for the first time, hoping that we’re there for at least a full day and a half and not on the second night of a back-to-back. SCHEDULOR, kind and generous deity, hath graced us with her bounty.

The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11:30 a.m., around which time I’ll share today’s Waking up with the Kings. Never mind the clouds – it’s a beautiful, brand new day, Insiders. Let’s talk soon.

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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

Bio

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.
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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
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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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