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Good Morning, Buffalo

Good Morning Buffalo and Good Morning Insiders! The Kings touched down in Buffalo last night after a short flight from Detroit in advance of tonight's meeting in Western New York. The last time I was in Buffalo was the last time I was in my home state of New York. The date was May 28 and ... Read More

Good Morning, Buffalo

Greetings from Buffalo, Insiders. Driving to the hotel from the airport early in the morning, we couldn't see much since there was quite a bit of fog. Also, as you can tell by my photo, there is again no visible sun – though we had about 10 minutes yesterday in Pittsburgh on the bus ride to the aren... Read More

Good morning, Buffalo

Good morning, Insiders, good morning, road trip, and good morning, Buffalo. I generally try to avoid the HEY GUESS HOW COLD IT'S GOING TO BE discussion during Good Morning posts this time of year, because, hey, it's winter, it's going to be cold. But, Insiders, this is going to be a chilly cycle ... Read More

Good morning, Buffalo

Good morning, Western New York, and good morning, Insiders. The American half of the nearly two-week road trip through the Eastern Conference is almost complete, and one of the familiar observations we've heard from locals - either in the arena, in transit, or around town - is that we've brought ... Read More

Good morning, Buffalo

Good morning, Buffalo, and good morning, Insiders. This is likely our last stay at the current team hotel in Buffalo as the Pegula family's HarborCenter project adjacent to the First Niagara Center nears completion. A "mixed-use hockey and entertainment complex," the first six floors of the of th... Read More

Behold: First Niagara Center

Tonight the Buffalo Sabres will return to the First Niagara Center for the first time in 10 days, though it remains to be seen how welcome they'll feel in their home arena. The Sabres are 0-8-1 at home this season, and the crowd has begun to taken its ire out on the team, most notably established ge... Read More

Good morning, Buffalo

It is good to be back in Buffalo, even if this visit may result in the release of some pent up frustration from my previous visit 10 years ago. The only other time I set foot in this city, a heralded Austrian freshman named Thomas Vanek scored midway through overtime for the University of Minnes... Read More
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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