Good morning, Glendale - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Glendale, and for the final time this season, good morning, Insiders.

If you’re reading at this point of the season, on a Tuesday morning in April the day after a 7-2 loss with the LA Kings nine points behind the 14th-place Western Conference team, thank you. Thank you so much for following along, laughing at inside jokes, sharing in conversations both enlightening and self-deprecating, and for the ability to be affected by hockey, moved by hockey, angered by hockey, overjoyed by hockey, nostalgic towards hockey. It is impossible to sit in the hotel room adjacent to the rink in Glendale, glancing over at families in the pool, and not be taken back to the 2012 playoff series that came during a simpler time when, say, it was perfectly acceptable to cool off with a 90-minute dip between the morning skate and that night’s game. I could continue to bore you with these wisps of sentimentality at every stop along the way – particularly those in which we made repeated trips during the springs of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

This is my 20th season working in sports, my 16th working in hockey. There’s something innocent and exciting about opening up a virgin scorebook or an 82-game spreadsheet prior to the first game of the season with reasonable suspicions of what to expect but very few guarantees, and on this week, as we head into the void of another extended off-season, there is also the closure towards another year of record. Whether the season ends in victory or defeat, there is always the satisfaction of having been there to act as the eyes, ears and voice of record without favor or bias and with an interest that has (maybe) matured but hasn’t diminished. The eyes may get puffier and more weathered, the soul perhaps a touch more jaded, but even though this is the 12th Good Morning, Glendale, and perhaps the 25th time I’ve worked a rookie, preseason, regular season or postseason game at [howling] Gila River Arena, there is still the full excitement of covering and broadcasting a game in the best hockey league in the world, one in which I’ve been so fortunate to work alongside close friends and colleagues I’d spent decades following as a fan in Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, New York and Seattle.

There’s no morning skate today, so lineup changes will be learned during warm-ups. I’ll discuss the team’s college and major junior goaltending pipeline during the second intermission to complete the Rosen Report Triforce of Prospects, so if you’ve gotten this far into the season, may we ask that you stay tuned in between the first and second periods?

Thank you as always for reading, Insiders. I’ve greatly enjoyed this conversation for the last seven seasons. 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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