I Was There: The honorable mentions - LA Kings Insider

In chronological order:

Saku Koiv-oops – February, 25, 2013

Do you remember Top Secret!?

Those boots are all that remain of the East German soldier that Jake Muzzin faked into the next county.

Here, have my hat, Jeff Carter – March 4, 2013

-A “hat trick on hat night” is surely better than “terrible calls on ball night,” which got the Dodgers in trouble some years ago. In addition tp one of the longer hat trick stoppages I can remember is the beauty of the play that led to it: Roman Josi electing not to pass and getting his pocket picked by Jeff Carter, who shows good acceleration in the opposite direction before cradling the puck with his backhand through Pekka Rinne’s five hole. Earlier in the evening he recorded one of his eight game-winning goals, a franchise record.

St. Louis surge – March 5, 2013

-You know those game situations where a team faces a surge of momentum from the opposition and needs its goaltender to come through with a huge save or two? Yeah, the Blues didn’t receive anything in the way of that from Jaroslav Halak, who was pulled in the third period in Los Angeles’ largest regular season comeback. After a Slava Voynov goal pulled L.A. within one late in the second, Mike Richards helped the cause early in the third with a goal off his own rebound. Jake Muzzin – who had two goals and an assist – scored just under a minute later on a sharp-angle goal that fooled Halak to tie the game. He then offered a beautiful assist as he drifted to his right on the blue line, opening up all kinds of space for Jeff Carter to his left. Carter practically burned a hole through the netting with a shot that chased Halak before Anze Kopitar added an insurance goal against Brian Elliott for extra emphasis.

Drew Doughty versus the clock – March 25, 2013

If you’re looking for the closest thing to Drew Doughty’s end-to-end rush in Game 2 at New Jersey in 2012, it’s this game-tying buzzer beater finished off by Dwight King. So strong on the puck, Doughty beat all six Blackhawks on the ice in the span of nine seconds, scoring with half a second remaining to tie a game the Kings came from behind three different times to win.

Dustin Brown (Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards) – April 21, 2013

-If we’re only looking at the aesthetic value of a play and not gauging the impact the play had on the season, this may have been my favorite highlight of 2012-13. Every single Kings skater touches the puck within five seconds of each other, allowing Brown to score a game-tying goal against Dallas in the third period. Don’t you wish you could assign four assists to one play? No? OK, I’ll let myself out.

Other plays under consideration:
Carter’s teleport goal at Minnesota, March 30
Carter’s teleport goal at Minnesota, April 23
Doughty hit on Datsyuk, February 10
Doughty hit on Goligoski, March 7
Burrows’ spin move and the shootout win over Vancouver, January 28
Quick glove save on Daley (and puck toss), March 21
Clifford and Polak tangle, March 5
Lasorda snubs Johnson, April 18

Previously on “I Was There”
#10: Toffoli’s first goal
#9: Quick passes Hrudey
#8: Kopitar’s goal versus Detroit
#7: Game 4 comeback over St. Louis
#6: Slava’s overtime game-winner
#5: Banner raising ceremony
#4: Williams in seven
#3: The White House visit
#2: The McFlurry Miracle
#1: Jumping the Sharks

courtesy KingsVision

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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.