Good Morning, Detroit - LA Kings Insider

Good morning Detroit and Good Morning, Insiders!

Your first Good Morning blog of this four-game road trip and an introduction that I will be taking you on this ride for the first time. Excited to share my voice a little bit more to the NHL readers and what better way to start doing so than with the Good Morning series!

This is the first ever Detroit trip for myself, although I did visit Grand Rapids last month for the AHL-edition of the Kings-Red Wings, as the Reign defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins, 4-3. That trip was the first time seeing snow since leaving New York and a re-introduction to the cold weather that we don’t get much of in Southern California.

Riding in on the bus last night, we drove past the old home of the Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena. What I would have given to have watched a game in that barn……the history in that building is unmatched. Growing up as a child in the 90’s and 00’s, the Red Wings were a dominant force in the NHL and I can remember watching so many playoff games held at the Joe, including the 2002 Red Wings, which were one of the most memorable teams of my youth.

The Joe was also home to one of the more famous moments in my home area’s history, the 1985 NCAA Hockey championships, won by Rensselaer. Led by current Kings consultant Adam Oates (who collected a ridiculous 91 points from 38 games that season), the Engineers won their second ever national championship with a 2-1 win over Providence. Hope you’ll enjoy some lower quality video of that title.

The Kings are off the ice today and will skate next tomorrow at morning skate, prior to a 7:30 PM Local / 4:30 PM Pacific Time showdown with the Red Wings. Hopefully you’re all doing a bit better than Carrlyn’s wheel! 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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