Good morning, Dallas - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Dallas, and good morning, Insiders.

Regrettably, I am projecting no Munters views this season. Perhaps I could sneak into a room on the opposite side of the hotel and share the pictures of the league’s finest industrial cooling system, but I’d prefer to continue blogging on this trip through Colorado rather than introduce myself to the Dallas County Bailiff.

Dallas is a great city to visit on a road trip, and because we spent several days here last June for the NHL Draft, this is our third stay over the last seven months. We have no issue with that! I am always astounded at the size, scope, space and scale of such a massive metropolitan area. Even coming from Los Angeles, it’s always pretty incredible to absorb how spread out this city is. Fortunately, we won’t have to travel too far; though we’ll head to a nearby suburb for today’s practice, our placement in the Midtown neighborhood places us at the foot of a number of upscale restaurants, bars and nightclubs, even if I’m 37 and can’t remember the last time I’ve been in a “nightclub.”

Any introduction to Dallas must be accompanied by this 2012 piece by the wonderful college football satire site Every Day Should Be Saturday: A MICHIGAN MAN REGARDS THE BARBARIAN WASTES OF DALLAS.

I feel I’ve shared that link before, but it’s a fun read any time we visit North Texas. Anyway, the alarm came a touch early this morning after our late night arrival at the hotel, so this story is wrapping up on the bus en route to the practice rink in nearby Farmer’s Branch. Lots more to come on a practice day in Texas, Insiders. Let’s talk soon.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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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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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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