Video: Black and White - Matt Luff; Granger's 2000th - LA Kings Insider

LUFF LETTERS: Matt Luff’s first NHL exposure and the drive to remain up with the Kings was chronicled in a recent Black and White feature that shared intimate details about his ascension to the professional game – such as when he called his parents at 3:00 a.m. Toronto time to tell them that he’d signed an NHL contract. Earning trust from Mike Stothers and boarding with Matt Moulson’s family in the South Bay, the story of Luff bursting onto the scene in 2018-19 and battling to widen his opportunity is told by LA Kings Production.

“Gun games aren’t my game. I’ll play NHL all the time with my buddies. They have me as a healthy scratch, so I usually take out Wags, put myself in.”
–Matt Luff

HOME ON THE GRANGE: A wealth of testimonials articulate the impact Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger has had on players, coaches and team staff, and amidst all the late-season milestones, it’s important to remember that Granger’s NHL career began, as Assistant Equipment Manager Dana Bryson noted, before a number of Kings were even born. Images showing the entire team looking up at the videoboard as congratulations from around the league poured in illustrate the unsung impact he’s had in both the Los Angeles and Vancouver organizations. Noteworthy: Darryl Sutter makes a pair of appearances. Also, it’s not related to this video, but Granger’s son, Chase was assisting in the team’s facility today, which got us wondering whether these games count towards his NHL games count.

“If he was a player, he’d be the perfect role player. He’d be playing on your third line, giving the other team’s best players a hard time. He’d be running into guys, checking, going to the front of the net. That’s the type of personality he is.”
–Darryl Sutter

–Lead photo via Bill Wippert/NHLI

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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.