Good Morning, Columbus - LA Kings Insider

Good Morning Insiders and Good Morning Columbus!

Another short flight last evening after last night’s game and the Kings have arrived in their third city in three nights – Columbus, Ohio.

I still have visions of the old Columbus logo, the mark they had when they started as an NHL franchise. I like their current mark as well but was always drawn to the old mark, used from 2000 – 2007.

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 4: Sergei Fedorov #91 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Los Angeles Kings on March 4, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Kings won 3-2. (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)

I think this logo being in my head stems back to playing NHL Hitz 2002. Back in the early years of the Blue Jackets franchise, still coming off of being an expansion team with the old expansion rules, the Blue Jackets were towards the bottom of the league in their first several years and were always one the first teams you’d play in franchise mode as you tried to work your way up the ladder with your created team.

For those that never played NHL Hitz, it was an arcade-style hockey game, similar to NBA Jamz that you’d see in every roller-rink arcade. I spent a lot of hours as a kid playing NHL Hitz. When an individual player had a hat trick, they’d go “on-fire” and then there was the ever elusive “blue fire” when you’d score three one-timer goals in a row and your whole team would go on blue fire, which was almost unstoppable.

I remember if you waited long enough through the credits, the fans would hold up signs in the crowd that would give you cheat codes and unlockables. So if you paid attention, you could put in for unlimited turbo or playing with a roller hockey ball instead of a puck. Then, later, we realized we could just look up all of this information on the internet and that made the game significantly easier.

So with that, welcome to Columbus. Waking Up With The Kings coming later today and the team will have an optional skate at 2 PM local time. 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.