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Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: April 6

Apart from Anaheim’s early expansion seasons that coincided with the late-Gretzky stagnation, Southern California as a two-team NHL market has experienced long stretches in which either the LA Kings or Ducks/Mighty Ducks were quite good. But their periods of success often occurred while their rival ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 3

Well, that didn’t really help anybody. Except for the New Jersey Devils and, theoretically, the Buffalo Sabres. It definitely helped them. Crushing the Arizona Coyotes’ playoff hopes and allowing the Devils to gain ground in a near-dead heat for the second-best draft odds, the LA Kings played somewh... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 2

And with the 7-2 loss to Calgary on Monday, the LA Kings checked another day off the calendar in drawing closer to a fifth consecutive season that concludes in April. Drew Doughty had the money line, telling a small group of reporters he wished that the remaining games could be played in a row so th... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 31

With Anze Kopitar playing his 999th game and Patrick Kane his 899th, the aging Kings-Blackhawks rivalry, now five years since the teams last met in the playoffs, showcased a good mix of familiar actors and fresh faces and ended in the completion of a three-game series sweep, the first by Los Angeles... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 27

It’s easy to compare Tuesday’s 8-4 loss in Edmonton to a classic, mid-1980’s Smythe Division Kings-Oilers battle, what with all the 12 goals, two fights and the general loosey-gooseyness affording the most skilled players on the ice ample opportunity for exhibition. And those skilled players were Oi... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 26

I’m debating whether or not I should apply to the LA Kings the famous Lou Brown quote in Major League after Willie Mays Hayes uses a basket catch to snare a fly ball before returning to the dugout, where his flashiness is admonished by the cantankerous Indians manager. “Nice win, Kings. Don’t ever d... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 24

Dominant for 40 minutes before resorting to a late third period cram session, the LA Kings again played with good structure and purpose and suffocated much of the life out of another team that struggles to score in a 4-3 shootout victory over Anaheim. There were lapses, and the events leading to the... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 22

The LA Kings and San Jose Sharks picked up their participation trophies with identical .625 points percentages in the season series, which concluded with a well-earned and tightly focused 4-2 Kings win bookended by a pair of strong periods to open and close out only their third win in the last 19 ga... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 19

I hate to be the one that breaks it to you, but the 2018-19 LA Kings have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Let it be recorded that at the 16:50 mark of the second period, Tyler Myers issued the death blow in a fitting illustration of the season at large. A second power play unit's e... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 17

The 2018-19 season really knows how to twist the knife, huh? The LA Kings’ latest defeat, a 4-3 setback to a Florida Panthers team that attacks better than it defends, saw the evaporation of a third period lead as the culmination of a steady push by the visitors over most of the second half of the g... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 15

The slog continues. In the latest rerun of a disappointing series, the LA Kings relied on an incomplete and inconsistent team performance and fell 3-1 to a Nashville Predators team that had lapses of its own. Los Angeles fell behind in an unfortunate sequence when Ilya Kovalchuk was robbed by Pekka ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 11

Any and all Lose for Hughes daydreams are suspended when the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks meet, and even though these might have been the dreariest stakes since the Freeway Faceoff’s branding, there were still a number of things to like about the visitors’ execution and investment in a 3-2 win. The Ki... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 10

In a reversal from some of the rivalry’s recent storylines, the LA Kings had an opportunity to play spoiler to the Arizona Coyotes’ late playoff charge, and though that mission went unfulfilled, it wasn’t for a lack of purpose or investment. There was actually a prime opportunity to wrap up both gam... Read More
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.