Good Morning, Las Vegas - LA Kings Insider

Good Morning 2019! And also, a good morning to Las Vegas and good morning to you, Insiders!

The team left Colorado after last night’s overtime win, getting into Las Vegas just shy of the New Year – All of us on the staff bus last night were wondering if we’d make it into Vegas before midnight. As we approached the strip, optimism was low but, alas, we touched down at the hotel at 11:59, getting off the bus just in time to welcome in 2019 on the ground.

Love it or hate it, Vegas is a spectacle, especially around a holiday. I got up to the room just in time to get a glimpse of the end of the fireworks show, or should I say, I saw one of what was undoubtedly many fireworks shows from last night.

Anyways, onto the city – Las Vegas one of just two of the six cities we’ve visited in my games with the Kings that I had actually been to. It’s even a place I’ve actually been to a hockey capacity as well. The ECHL held its league meetings here in my three years in the league, two years at the MGM and once year at New York, New York. And while it wasn’t on the strip, the Kings participated in the rookie tournament in Las Vegas over the summer, held at City National Arena, where the Golden Knights practice, which is located about 25 minutes off the strip. Hopefully this trip is a bit more successful than that one, which resulted in an 0-3 trip for the young Kings.

The team will not be skating this morning, so no updates or word on lineups until we get a bit closer to game time. For now, feel free to enjoy the Winter Classic in one of Jon’s favorite places, Notre Dame Stadium

Waking Up with the Kings is next. Until then, Insiders, hope you’re enjoying 2019!

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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.