Keeping up with the Cup: July 21 - LA Kings Insider

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WHEN WE LAST LEFT OFF, John Stevens was preparing to hand the Stanley Cup over to Justin Williams, who also spends off-seasons at his home on the South Jersey shore. Ventnor City, New Jersey sits southwest of Atlantic City and just over an hour east of Philadelphia.

This is, of course, the third time Williams has planned out a summer date with the Stanley Cup. After bringing the Cup to his hometown of Cobourg, Ontario following Carolina’s title in 2006 and Ventnor City after winning with Los Angeles in 2012, he accommodated both cities this year – and brought along the Conn Smythe Trophy for extra measure. On Saturday, Williams traveled with the Cup back to Ontario, where he was honored with a parade in Cobourg. For Kings fans who happen to be parade aficionados, it has been a tough summer to keep up.


From, Stanley Cup rolls through Cobourg:

After Mayor Gil Brocanier unveiled a new sign that reads, Welcome to Cobourg, home of Stanley Cup champions Justin Williams and Steve Smith, Mr. Williams took some time to inspire the legion of hockey players in the crowd that were hanging onto his every word.

“There’s really no limit to how hard you can work in your life, whether it be in the classroom on the field or in a hockey rink,” he said. “You can do anything with your life and nobody has the right to tell you, you can’t.

“Prove them wrong,” he continued. “You have to make a goal for yourself. And when you meet that, make another one because a goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Speaking of goals, Tanner Pearson has checked a couple off his lifetime list. Selected 30th overall in 2012 after twice passing through the draft, the 21-year-old is a Stanley Cup winner — and the veteran of a street hockey game for the Stanley Cup.

Tanner Pearson’s Checklist
[x] Represent Canada at World Juniors
[x] Get drafted by NHL team
[x] Make NHL debut
[x] Win Stanley Cup
[x] Use Stanley Cup as ball hockey trophy

From the Waterloo Record, 2000 local fans celebrate Stanley Cup with hometown King:

Kitchener Minor Hockey Association president Tom Graham said Pearson has made them proud.

“It’s been really fun watching Tanner play and grow,” he said.

Coun. John Gazzola, who volunteered with minor hockey for 30 years, said it’s wonderful to see a local player soar to these hockey heights.

“You only see this once out of every 5,000 kids that come through the system,” he said. “It’s really great to see.”

By the end of Sunday, Pearson was winding down the celebration in an intimate get together with family and friends.

NEXT UP: Glen Murray, come on down.

Schedule of Stanley:
June 24: NHL Awards, Las Vegas, NV
June 26-28: NHL Draft, Philadelphia, PA
June 29: Mark Yannetti, Topsfield, MA
June 30: Hubie McDonough, Manchester, NH
June 30: Denis Fugere, St. Jerome, QC
July 1: Michael Futa, Rexdale, ON
July 2-3: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa, ON
July 3: Alyn McCauley, Gananoque, ON
July 4-5: Dustin Brown, Ithaca, NY
July 6: Jonathan Quick, Hamden, CT
July 9: Niklas Andersson, Smogen, Sweden
July 10: Christian Ruuttu, Helsinki, Finland
July 11-12: Marian Gaborik, Trencin, Slovakia
July 12-13: Anze Kopitar, Jesenice, Slovenia
July 14-15: Slava Voynov, Chelyabinsk, Russia
July 17: John Stevens, Sea Isle, NJ
July 18-19: Justin Williams, Ventnor, NJ, Cobourg, ON
July 20: Tanner Pearson, Kitchener, ON
July 21: Glen Murray, Bridgewater, NS

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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.