Thanks to everyone... - LA Kings Insider

On a bit of a personal note here… The day after the end of a season, for anyone involved in hockey — players, coaches, management, support staff, media, etc. — is always a bit weird. You go through six-plus months of everyday work and fall into a routine and rhythm and then, just like that, it ends. It takes a couple days to re-adjust to life, but soon enough, things will be starting up again. Between the draft, free agency, trades, development camp and other things, there’s always some type of hockey to discuss.

Thanks to everyone for a great season. Thanks to the Kings players, coaches, management members and staff for their cooperation and good nature, in good times and bad. Hockey is the best sport to cover because its people are the best in all of professional sports. Thanks to all the members of the Kings’ broadcasting travel crew — including, at various times, Bob Miller, Jim Fox, Nick Nickson, Daryl Evans, Hoover Dorfman, Mike Hassan and Rohin Das — for all the friendship and laughs on the road. Thanks to Michael Altieri, Jeff Moeller, Mike Kalinowski and Jeremy Zager, the Kings’ communications staff (and their interns), as well as Dewayne Hankins, Aaron Brenner, Heidi Androl and the crew for all their assistance. Finally, and most importantly, thanks to all of you. I get a lot of people thanking me during the course of the season, and while that is much appreciated, I’m the one who needs to be thanking you. Without your loyal readership and support, i wouldn’t be able to do the job that I love, so please accept my sincere thanks.

So, on we go. Over the next few days, I’ll have exit-interview coverage and my own season analysis, so don’t stray too far!

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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.