NHL.com previews + video; growing hockey in China; Pickwick event this afternoon - LA Kings Insider

INSIDERS. A fine Wednesday to you and yours. First, the annual NHL.com 31 in 31 series, followed by several community and organizational notes:

LA KINGS SEASON PREVIEW
Inside look
Three questions
Top prospects
Fantasy preview
Key statistics

James O’Brien at NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk also has a Kings preview, while JFTC has begun to reveal their top 25 LAK prospects.

KINGS THINGS:

Approximately 30 5-to-15-year-olds will attend the camp, which will be held from August 19-23 in the Chaoyang District’s Beijing A.Z. Ice Sports Club. A team release notes the club’s “goal of growing ice hockey in China and to improve the skill set of Chinese youth hockey players,” an endeavor intertwined with China’s massive winter sports infrastructure push in advance of the 2022 Olympic Games. Alex Ovechkin served as an NHL Ambassador in his visit to the country last week, a trip that followed one by the Arizona State men’s team, which became the first NCAA hockey team to play in Beijing. The Sun Devils won the Renaissance Cup, defeating KHL-Kunlun in the championship game behind a hat trick from the NCAA’s reigning regular season goals leader, Johnny Walker.

I took this toboggan ride at the Great Wall, and it was incredible. (Emmanuel Wong/NHLI)

Also, I’ll see you at the newly rebranded LA Kings Pickwick Ice Center later this afternoon, which recently underwent a three-phase alteration-and-improvement project at a cost of approximately one million dollars, according to a Kings release. The ribbon-cutting and community open house will take place at 4:00 p.m. with Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, LA Kings Chief Operating Officer Kelly Cheeseman, LA Kings forward Kyle Clifford and the Operator of LA Kings Pickwick Ice Center Brad Berman scheduled to take part. Daryl Evans will serve as the event’s host. There’s also a youth clinic from 4:45 and an open skate from 6-7. Come say hello!

There’s more here from the LA Times.

PRESENTED WITHOUT CONTEXT:

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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