June 11 - LA Kings Insider

Seven years ago this evening, Lord Stanley settled on Los Angeles as his summertime home. This wasn’t any quick or rash decision. Unlike the 2014 run – a 26-game marathon in which the LA Kings needed seven games in each series while outscoring the NHL’s sixth, second and top-rated offenses – the 2012 run, for many of us who were entrenched with the team that spring, was decided early in the second round. I’ve shared this regularly both in person and on this site, so forgive any repetition, but when Los Angeles weathered St. Louis’ first period Game 1 onslaught, and won the game on a second period Matt Greene shorthanded goal, the Kings’ plans that spring began to take shape. Was the story that they’d beaten the Canucks in a 1 vs 8 match-up, or was there something deeper and more profound happening? Mike Richards’ goal 31 seconds into Game 2 and Anze Kopitar’s beautiful shorthanded goal that followed answered that question for a number of us who were at the Scottrade Center that night, and as Jeff Carter and Kopitar widened the lead to 4-0 after 20 minutes with their quick, late-period strikes, there wasn’t much time to gather thoughts or context. Bob Miller made a great living and captivated Kings fans with his words, but when we locked eyes immediately after the period ended, so much was conveyed without using any. It was that wide-eyed, incredulous understanding that something special was going on, and so much was conveyed just through his facial expression. On April 30. Yes, the Kings were absolutely the team to beat from that point forward, and would probably end the season as champions.

“People should know when they are conquered,” Quintus said to Maximus.

Despite the seeming inevitability, that hadn’t happened yet, at least not to the New Jersey Devils, and for the only time in the spring of 2012, Los Angeles lost two playoff games in a row when Adam Henrique and Bryce Salvador potted game-winners to bring New Jersey to within a pair of wins of their fourth Cup. The details of that game remain familiar for all Kings fans and were deftly captured in the original Stanley Cup Moments series, which told wonderful stories about the 20-game sprint and included a number of reflections and testimonials of the feeling on the ice, the bench, the press box and throughout the arena as the seconds ticked down on the organization’s first championship.

“I was so happy for Kings fans at that moment, that they’re not on the edge of their seats. They knew if [New Jersey] tie it, we’re going to overtime and you’re nervous. It’s just ‘let’s just let it out.’ Let’s just cheer and scream and holler because the game is over, and finally we’ve won the Stanley Cup.”
-Bob Miller


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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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