Are they watching? - LA Kings Insider

The show must go on… First of all, Manchester is playing Worcester in Game 2 of their second-round AHL playoff series (the Monarchs lost Game 1), so I’ll give results after the game. On the NHL side, Montreal and Washington are playing Game 7 of their first-round series right now, after which the second-round series will be set. Given the disappointment that just took place this week, will the Kings be watching the rest of the playoffs? Do they care who wins? Do you care? Terry Murray, Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus, Jack Johnson, Dustin Brown and Brad Richardson answered…

MURRAY: “I definitely will watch the playoffs very closely. I think it’s a great time for coaches to see what works there, how important the detail part is. So I’m hoping the players also will watch. Do I have a preference? No, I really don’t. It’s more about just watching good hockey, good playoffs. I think we’re going to have a great semifinal and final. There’s good teams, exciting teams. Man, what  a comeback Chicago had against Nashville the other night. So that kind of play is out there, and the league is encouraging that kind of skill to be out there in the forefront. It’s going to be fun to watch.”

KOPITAR: “No, I don’t care (who wins) anymore. I’ll definitely watch some games, yeah. It’s hard not to.”

HANDZUS: “I might later on. I didn’t have the stomach to watch it (Monday), and I’m sure not going to watch it this week or so. Later on, it’s great hockey and it will be fun to watch it.”

JOHNSON: “I’ll be watching. I don’t necessarily care who wins, but I’ll be watching because I enjoy watching hockey.”

BROWN: “I don’t think I’ll watch. I’m not going to make a point of sitting down and watching them. It’s always been hard for me. It’s one of those things where you throw the game on in the background. I’ve got two small kids, so if I’m playing with them and there’s a game on, I’ll probably just have it on in the background, and you’ll watch when there’s a goal scored. That’s kind of the extent of it.”

RICHARDSON: “I really don’t care, if it’s not us, but I have a lot of friends that are playing. Even on Vancouver, I have a couple of good friends, so you always want your friends to do well. So I’m just going to cheer that they do well, but I’m probably not going to be watching a lot until the Cup Final.”

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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.