San Jose

Good morning, San Jose

Good morning, Silicon Valley, good morning, Insiders, and good morning, 2016-17 NHL season. It's always a refreshing time of the year in any sport when you can open the sports section (or, err, click on a standings tab) and see a blank, empty canvas. On equal footing are the Broncos and Browns, the... Read More

Good morning, San Jose

Good morning, San Jose, and good morning, Insiders. And now for our 15th Good Morning, San Jose post. The trip up was as usual as usual could be, other than the fact that the Iron Maiden 747 - Ed Force 1, as I learned - taxied away from us as we boarded the plane. The San Francisco Giants' plane ... Read More

Good morning, San Jose

Good morning, Bay Area, and good morning, Insiders. I've given up on my attempts to embed a Silicon Valley clip into a Good Morning, San Jose post, because LAKI-appropriate clips do not exist. It's too bad, because the HBO show so articulately skewers Bay Area tech culture and stays humming with ... Read More
San Jose, CA

Good morning, San Jose

Good morning, Silicon Valley, and good morning, Insiders. The team's travel is excellent, and you're not going to hear many complaints registered anywhere. We stay at nice hotels. There is a team charter with comfortable seats. Everything is meticulously planned and executed according to an itine... Read More
San Jose, CA

Good morning, San Jose

Good morning, San Jose, and good morning, Insiders. Yes, you read that correctly. We're in San Jose, not Santa Clara or Palo Alto or any of the other cities that have borne en masse the conglomerated commercial tech parks that straddle the wide boulevards and populate the slow-livin', suburban la... Read More
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Good morning, San Jose

Good morning from San Jose, where it's a chilly Monday Tuesday Wednesday morning. En route to dinner last night, my company and I discussed that it felt like a Sunday night in sleepy San Jose. The subdued atmosphere around town was a different feeling from what we felt during last year's playoff ... Read More
San Jose, CA

Good morning, San Jose

If there was ever a need for the Kings to win Game 5, it is this: Do you really want to go out with these terrible photos? Look at that! There's no depiction of the hustle and energy of city life or sweeping views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There aren't even any Munter's units visible. ... Read More
San Jose, CA

Good morning, San Jose

Good morning, San Jose, and good morning, Northern California. Similar to the travel schedule between Games 3 and 4 in last year's second round schedule, the Kings are commuting back to Los Angeles after the game tonight and will return once again on Saturday to avoid any potential lethargy of stand... Read More
San Jose, CA

Good morning, San Jose

Traveling to San Jose to play the second night of a back-to-back set is deceivingly tough for a 55-minute flight. Nighttime noise restrictions at SJC mean that teams must fly into Oakland and bus 45 minutes down Interstate-880. Or do you refer to it "The" 880, like we would, Northern Californians? Y... Read More
San Jose, CA

Good morning, San Jose

Good morning, San Jose, and good morning overcast Northern California skies. This is a sad, sad picture. Where are the mountains? Where are the skyscrapers? Surely there has to be some kind of tech center/start-up somewhere in the distance, right? My goodness, can someone attach just one Mu... Read More
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Good morning, San Jose

Is May the best month of the year to be in Los Angeles? It's in the low-to-mid-70's nearly every single day, and while the omen of summer is present, nights remain comfortable with outer layers. June Gloom hasn't yet arrived and there's rarely any oppressive heat - it's really the most perfect m... 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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