A (belated) introduction - LA Kings Insider

In the hustle to get some content out before last night’s game, I neglected to post my introduction. So, without further delay…

Hello! I’m Jon Rosen, the new writer and editor at LAKingsInsider.com.

I’d like to keep this brief, because this isn’t really about me. It’s about you. So much of the success at LA Kings Insider has been through the contributions of Kings fans. You are the ones who influence the direction of this website and make your thoughts and opinions heard by the Kings organization.

It is my duty to create the conversation, but it is through your efforts that this conversation is driven. In the past three and a half years, you have provided a collective yet diverse voice that is in a major way responsible for making this forum such an enormous success.

Rich Hammond’s role in providing the eyes and ears of this team while at home and on the road will be continued by my efforts. The integrity with which he moderated this site will never be compromised. This is a neutral, independent home for Los Angeles Kings and National Hockey League news.

I’m also excited for the possibilities of continuing to share multimedia in providing a link to the team while it is on the road. Photographs, videos, audio interviews, podcasts and all methods of continuing the link between this team and a digitally savvy fanbase will be utilized.

A little bit about myself: I attended my first Los Angeles Kings game in November, 1986, a game the Kings lost 5-3 to the Vancouver Canucks. I play on two rec league hockey teams and wear number 11 in honor of my sister, who had a crush on Mike Donnelly when she was six years old. I have covered hockey in seven countries, nine states and four different provinces. I once spent 24 consecutive hours on a bus traveling between Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and Everett, Washington.

For those who followed my NHL and Los Angeles sports coverage while I reported for FOX Sports and FOX Sports West, thank you. I’m looking forward to continuing that objective and accountable analysis and am beyond excited to hit the ground running on a busy weekend. As I become more comfortable with this platform and the rhythm of providing regular updates and analysis, I’ll be looking to develop my voice on this site and through @LAKingsInsider on Twitter. Let me know what you like! Let me know what you don’t like! All ideas will be considered.

Again, thank you for your participation in LA Kings Insider.

Yours In Hockey,

Jon Rosen

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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.