Good morning, Philadelphia - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Philly, good morning, William Penn and good morning, Insiders.

The LA Kings loaded up a pair of buses and trucked south on the New Jersey Turnpike after Tuesday’s game, arriving in Philadelphia at midnight. There were no stops at the Vince Lombardi Service Area.

At certain hotels, there are the fairly regular bottlenecks upon check-in when elevator lobbies can’t handle a sudden crush of 45 people needing to get to their rooms. Obviously the players, based on seniority, are the first to board the elevators, and then the coaches, trainers, broadcasters and media types. If there are other hotel guests who need to use the elevator, they jump to the front of the line.

It became particularly crowded last night when the Toronto Raptors returned to the hotel after their 119-107 win over the 76ers and joined the elevator queue. It led to some friendly if sleepy conversation between the two sides, and we learned of Raptors play by play broadcaster Paul Jones’ love for the Maple Leafs. It’s one of the many interweavings in transit between NHL and NBA teams, who regularly stay at the same hotels and fly on the same collection of charter planes. Whenever we stepped outside of the hotel in New York on Sunday there were throngs of people – true, younger fans and autograph seekers, not just the more anonymous autograph hounds – waiting for Giannis Antetokounmpo because the Milwaukee Bucks were also holed up in Lower Manhattan. These moments are always fun and bring out a more childlike sports fandom – who here is against rubbing shoulders with Kawhi Leonard after a long day of work? (I would have to stand on a chair to rub shoulders with Kawhi Leonard.)

The Kings aren’t getting on the ice Wednesday after finishing up their three-in-four last night. Instead, they’ll hold meetings and workouts at the hotel in advance of their game Thursday against the Flyers. Waking up with the Kings will follow, Insiders. Let’s talk in a little bit.

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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.