Chicago

Good morning, Chicago

Good morning, Chicago, and good morning, Insiders. There were frustrating moments last night as Official LAKI Computer's compete level dropped off significantly and refused to boot up. Clearly this is a computer that would have no business playing for Darryl Sutter. There are no nights off in blogg... Read More

Good morning, Chicago

Good morning Chicago, good morning, quick back-to-back, and good morning, Insiders. This is, how do you say, a ro-ad tr-ip? Forgive me, it's been quite a while. The Kings are out of state for the first time since February 20, when they concluded their seven-game Grammy trip with an overtime win o... Read More

Good morning, Chicago

"No way. No way. No way." If you weren't watching Game 5, that was Matt Harvey's reaction to whatever Terry Collins was telling the pitcher during the bottom of the eighth inning in Queens last night. Presumably, it was information that Jeurys Familia would be pitching the ninth inning after Harv... Read More
Chicago, IL

Good morning, Chicago

Good morning, Windy City, and good morning, Insiders. There are a number of endearing and evocative nicknames for this world class city. Windy City, Second City, Chi-town and City by the Lake are among them, but the best comes from Carl Sandburg's poem, Chicago. The first stanza: Hog Butcher f... Read More
Rosemont, IL

Good morning, Chicago

Good morning, Chicago, or to be more precise, Rosemont, Illinois. Because of the quick turnaround and the price of a hotel room that will hardly be used on a Saturday and Sunday night in the city, I’m based near O’Hare for this trip and am commuting into the United Center for tonight’s historic tilt... Read More
Chicago, IL

Good morning, Chicago

After arriving in stormy Chicago late last night and opening the hotel room curtains to gaze out upon an impenetrable veil of clouds and fog that obscured this view from the 23rd floor, I wasn't aware of exactly what I'd have to work with this morning. I wasn't even sure if I'd post Good morning, Ch... Read More
Chicago, IL

Good morning, Chicago

Three weeks and two days have elapsed since the last Good Morning post. For reasons I can't recall, there was no Good Morning, San Jose in advance of Game 7, and because the Anaheim series was spent zigzagging across the 405, 105, 605, 91 and 5 freeways, and not in a hotel room, this feature has bee... Read More
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Good morning, Chicago

The Los Angeles Kings' winter wonderland tour has shifted west for a Sunday evening game at the United Center. The team left Ottawa not a moment too soon, as weather was rolling into the area last night, and the possibility of travel delays loomed for those leaving later in the day or Sunday morning... Read More
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Good morning, Chicago

"Good morning, Rosemont" doesn't really have the appropriate ring, does it? This photo is likely to become outdated by this evening as a series of strong storms moves through the Midwest. There was a scattered thunderstorm or two that rolled through the area last night before opening up to a ... Read More
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Video: Touchdown in Chicago

I wish we could say we're in Chicago, but Kings HQ this weekend is actually based amidst the hotel cluster of suburban Rosemont, Illinois, just outside the periphery of car rental companies and extended parking lots that ring busy O'Hare International Airport. In previous visits to Chicago we flew i... Read More
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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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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