St. Louis

Good morning, St. Louis

Good morning, Insiders, good morning, St. Louis, and good morning, first back-to-back of the season. Well, here we are, on October 29 and 30, experiencing our only trips to St. Louis and Chicago. That doesn't feel right - especially visiting Chicago for the only time on the second night of a back-t... Read More

Good morning, St. Louis

Good morning, St. Louis, and good morning, Insiders. It may have been obscure, but if you recall back to the previous edition of Good Morning, St. Louis, there are several rooms that you don't want to draw at this hotel: 1) Metallic Clanging Flagpole Room 2) Vibrating Room Above Ventilation E... Read More

Good morning, St. Louis

St. Louis Roulette. It's the concerned walk down the hallways at the team hotel where we wonder whether we've drawn one of the dreaded rooms: the room above the flag where one deals with a cacophonous metal-on-metal sound of grommets scraping against flagpole; the room directly above the ventilation... Read More
St. Louis, MO

Good morning, St. Louis

Good morning, Missouri, and good morning, Insiders. Thank you for your patience while the site was down early this morning due to maintenance. I hope you don't mind, but some of the changes were made to the blog's focus and constitution. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT, I am happy to announce that this s... Read More
St. Louis, MO

Good morning, St. Louis

If this view appears familiar, it's probably because this is at least the third time I've stayed in Room 253 at our downtown St. Louis hotel. Have you grown tired of seeing the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse yet? This is the seventh time we've visited St. Louis since I began trave... Read More
St. Louis, MO

Good morning, St. Louis

Good morning from the final stop of the Los Angeles Kings' four-game trip that has bridged the gap between the Christmas break and the new year. The Kings, who will take the Scottrade Center ice at 11:30 local time for the morning skate, are looking for their first victory since a 3-2 shootout win o... Read More
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Good morning, St. Louis

Behold, the expansive landscape of Clark Avenue. If you are familiar with this blog's "Good morning" series, you have seen all three of these landmarks before. Pictured above is the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, the largest single courthouse in the United States (now - with American flag!)... Read More
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Good morning, St. Louis

If it wasn't for the parking structure across the street from the team hotel, there would actually be a fairly good view of downtown St. Louis. The piles of dirt at center-right represent an ambitious $650 million dollar construction project called St. Louis Ballpark Village, which will occupy the l... Read More
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Video: Touchdown in St. Louis

When traveling, the team almost always flies in and out of major international and regional airports -- with St. Louis being one of the few exceptions. Instead of using the much larger Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in the city's northwestern suburbs, the team charter flies directly into a ... Read More
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Good morning, St. Louis

It's back to business in downtown St. Louis for the Los Angeles Kings, who are scheduled to hit the Scottrade Center ice shortly after noon. There was some snow on the ground that greeted us upon our arrival yesterday afternoon, but most of it melted under mild temperatures that should creep up towa... 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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