Wine and hockey (not concurrently) - LA Kings Insider

As we all wait for the start of training camp, here are a couple Southern California-based, Kings-related events that might grab your interest…

First, analyst Jim Fox is hosting a “Sunset Wine Reception” on Thurs., Sept. 8 at the Long Beach Yacht Club, with proceeds benefitting The Guidance Center, a Long Beach-based nonprofit organization that seeks to help disadvantaged children and their families as they deal with aspects of mental illness. Fox’s event will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. and includes dinner, a wine-tasting reception and a silent auction. Luc Robitaille, Bob Miller and Heidi Androl are also scheduled to participate in the event, with tickets available for $100 (or $175 per couple) by clicking here. For those who don’t know Jim, or don’t follow him on Facebook and/or Twitter, wine isn’t just a hobby. He’s very fervent about all aspects of it and knows his stuff, so it should be a fun evening. [Jim Fox gratefully reported this afternoon that the event is sold out.]

Also, for some on-ice activity, the Kings’ alumni will play a Jr. Kings alumni team tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, with proceeds to benefit the Jr. Kings Youth Hockey Programs. Kings alumni are expected to include Marty McSorley, Daryl Evans, Mark Hardy, Nelson Emerson, Craig Johnson, Ian Turnbull, Jamie Storr, Brandon Convery and others, while the Jr. Kings alumni includes recent NHL draft picks Beau Bennett, Mitch Callahan, Shane McColgan, Brian Salcido, Max Nicastro and others. General-admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $50, with more information available by clicking here.

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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.