February 1 Practice Notes: New Month, New Lines - LA Kings Insider

The LA Kings headed over to Northwell Health Ice Center this afternoon for their first official team practice since January 20.

A recent heatwave brought the temperature all the way up to 20 degrees, so spirits were high heading into today’s session at the NY Islanders training facility.

Iafallo – Kopitar – Brown

Leipsic – Carter – Toffoli

Kovalchuk – Kempe – Hagelin

Clifford – Amadio – Wagner

Luff – Lewis – Brodzinski


Doughty – Forbort

Fantenberg – Martinez

Phaneuf – LaDue





Lineup notes:

Nate Thompson did not travel with the team to Long Island. He stayed back in Los Angeles to get over the flu, but he is expected to join the team during their six-game road trip.

Trevor Lewis and Jonny Brodzinski are back! …Well, closer to being back.

Both traveled with the team and suited up for today’s practice.

Head coach Willie Desjardins said he expects Lewis to return to the lineup during the road trip, but he doesn’t think that Brodzinski is quite ready to return to game action.

The line of Ilya Kovalchuk, Adrian Kempe and Carl Hagelin looked fast and very creative. In my expert opinion, both of those things are good.

Favorite moment of practice: Jonathan Quick moonwalking after making a save on a breakaway attempt by Kovalchuk.

Sadly, no video was captured.

More updates coming shortly, including:

  • Drew Doughty’s thoughts on the Jake Muzzin trade
  • Adrian Kempe weighs in on Carl Grundstrom
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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.