Notes on a summer Sunday - LA Kings Insider

Often, some of the most interesting aspects of the season aren’t known until it is done. Yesterday, for instance, I learned (from Colin Fraser) that shortly before the start of training camp last September, Philip Anschutz hosted all of the Kings players on his ranch in Colorado for a couple days of golfing, skeet shooting and other leisure, team-building activities. I also learned, per a Kings executive, that Justin Williams gave an impassioned speech to the team just before the start of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, an anecdote that Williams talks about on the NHL’s official Finals DVD (that DVD, by the way, will not have the Bob Miller-Jim Fox Game 6 call, but something is still very much in the near-future works for that).

It’s been a whirlwind 10 months, so if things get a bit quiet around here at times over the next few weeks, it’s because I’ll be trying to get away for a bit. There will still be plenty of items here to discuss, including the ongoing player evaluations, and of course I’ll stay on top of any news. I’m also frantically trying to complete the text for the Kings’ official commemorative book, which is going to be something special (for many other reasons besides the text). Also, shortly I’ll be posting an item inviting “open forum’’ questions. For those who might be newer to the blog, the open forum is basically just a question-and-answer session that I try to tackle to the best of my ability. Please hold off on the questions for a little bit, until the item is posted.

The latest photo session for “Faces of the L.A. Kings Fans” is taking place right now at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and will wrap up at 6 p.m. More information is available by clicking here.

Finally, I want to wish good luck to popular local writer Adam Serrano, who has been hired by the L.A. Galaxy to do the team’s “Galaxy Insider’’ blog and provide full coverage of the team. As I understand it, the Galaxy’s goal is to basically emulate what we have here, which is pretty cool. It’s a sign that all of you have helped make this a very successful venture so far, and for that I thank you very much. So, if you’re interested in the Galaxy, give Adam a look over at I met him the other day and he’s a great guy who wants to bring strong coverage to soccer fans, so best of luck to him.

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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.