Season, banners blowin' in the wind - LA Kings Insider

It’s yet another day of no negotiating between the NHL and its players, with the Sept. 15 lockout date looming. That, of course, puts the start of training camp in serious jeopardy. Kings players have been scheduled to report to El Segundo for physicals on Sept. 17, with on-ice practices scheduled to start the following day and the first preseason game(s) set for Sept. 24. It’s reasonable to think that nothing, schedule-wise, would be impacted if a (theoretical) lockout lasted only a couple days. Beyond that, preseason games would be endangered, including the popular annual “Frozen Fury’’ game in Las Vegas, scheduled for Sept. 29.

Then, of course, there’s the start of the regular season, with the Kings scheduled to host the New York Rangers on Oct. 12. What a shame it would be to see the Kings’ celebration delayed, especially because I’m told there’s a great celebration in the works. Here’s one tidbit: For the first time in their Forum/Staples Center history, the Kings intend to hang banners from the rafters, rather than post them on the wall. That means this year’s Stanley Cup and Western Conference championship banners will hang above the ice, as well as the 1991 and 1993 banners, most likely (details of the event are still being worked out, including the placement of the retired-number banners).

Having all the banners on a wall is a Kings/Lakers tradition that started at the Forum and carried over to Staples Center. I hesitate to make this blanket statement, for fear of a faulty memory, but to the best of my recollection, the Kings are the only NHL team that doesn’t hang its banners from the rafters. I’m curious to see what you think, but no matter what, it will definitely make the banner-raising ceremony a bit more dramatic…whenever it takes place.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.