Good morning, Calgary - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Calgary, and good morning, Insiders.

Late night! Our first late night of the season. We spent only 31 minutes in the air, though with an 8:00 p.m. start, a game with lots of stoppages, and a ride to the Edmonton airport that’s only a few minutes shy of the extended cut of Kill Bill, we didn’t arrive at our downtown Calgary hotel until 1:30. Par for the course! Travel was easy and, as is preferred, uneventful.

8:00 starts, though. Who likes ’em? Not me, no how! Last night’s late start was to accommodate Hockey Night in Canada, just as those Central Time 8:45 p.m. playoff puck drops are to accommodate NBC. When I become commissioner – please cast your nonbinding vote for me, Insiders – I will make it illegal for games to begin later than 7:00 p.m. locally. Most games will be played in the mid-afternoon so I will be able to put my children to sleep. Major league events such as the draft and awards will be held in Santa Barbara, or, if hotel occupancy presents a challenge, Ojai. Please vote for me.

Greatest hits time on LA Kings Insider. Boy, Can You Get A Load Of These Start Times. What’s next? Hey, This Weather In Calgary Is All Screwy. Speaking of which, we should reach a high of 61 both today and tomorrow before we get hit with a wintry October blast on game day, where it looks like we’ll get an inch or two of snow.

We’re spending an extra day in Calgary, and with the extended week of preparation before the Kings played their first game, Sunday’s practice was canceled. They’ll get back on the ice Monday in advance of Tuesday’s game against the Flames. Enjoy your Sunday, Insiders. More to come from Southern Alberta.

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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.