Good morning, Newark - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Newark, and good morning, Insiders.

After a pair of brilliant days in New York, the LA Kings’ unseasonably warm Grammy Trip continues in Newark. Or, Newark-adjacent, if such a designation exists. You could tee off from the roof of this hotel and hit an entrance to the New Jersey Turnpike. (You likely can’t, but sometimes I like to think of myself as a powerful, nine-foot tall golfer.)

It wasn’t too easy to get a good feel of what the Stanley Cup Final meant to Northern New Jersey as a FOX Sports reporter in 2012. Rich and the team stayed in the suburbs, across a boulevard from the sprawling Mall at Short Hills, so they were a bit more immersed in the local excitement and flavor, but I was based with much of the out-of-town media at the NHL’s hotel in Times Square and commuted in to the rink. My experience was that both Kings Stanley Cup runs were basically extended stays in New York. In 2012, I turned down John Hoven’s gracious offer to go to a ballgame to meet my sister for dinner in the city – Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history that night – and drank sake another night with writers at an Izakaya joint in the West Village. Other than the PATH trains and charter buses to and from Newark, this wasn’t the type of New Jersey experience that you get, say, looking out my current hotel window. I do wish that I had spent a little more time west of the Hudson that spring (perhaps at the Radiohead-Caribou concert at the Prudential Center that I’m kicking myself for missing more than I am the no-hitter).

Several photos from Newark in 2012, including the aftermath of the Anze Kopitar overtime game-winner and the press conference that followed Jeff Carter’s:

The Kings are not scheduled to skate at the Prudential Center this morning and will instead utilize workout facilities, ballrooms and meeting spaces at the nearby team hotel. Waking up with the Kings will follow on a game day in the Garden State. Let’s 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

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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