Good morning, Calgary - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Calgary, and good morning, Insiders.

So let’s just get it out of the way: it is very cold here. It is so cold that, as I am writing this, I am told by the application on my phone that it is minus-two degrees outside. Apparently it will remain three degrees between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., after which the temperature will leap up to seven degrees by 4:00. It will be zero at game time. By the time we arrive in Edmonton, we’re looking at stepping off the plane to minus-eight or minus-nine degree weather. Yes, this is Fahrenheit.

Are you ever cold at Staples Center? Those of us in the press box have stayed warm through heavy coats, space heaters, and making prudent decisions to move away from our designated seat assignments to avoid the blast radius of a giant vent that pours cold air on us. It’s really the world’s worst vent. We’ll be watching the second period of a Kings game, and then all of a sudden there’s a WOOSH and I have to keep my stack of papers and notes from being swept onto the floor by a powerful downdraft. There’s the familiar conversation between those of us who travel: which press box is *almost* as cold as Staples Center’s? Buffalo, Winnipeg and Nashville, you’re on alert.

So the focus of this Good Morning post is WINTER. Brrrr! Here’s a landing that doesn’t stray far from that theme:

It’s a game day, Insiders. Also: Slava Voynov will appear in court for a brief hearing that shouldn’t last much more than a minute. I hit my quote for use of colons in one story, so I’m going to shut this down for a few minutes, grab a quick bite and head to the rink. There’s lots more to come on a busy Monday. A very happy holiday season and New Years to you, Insiders. Let’s talk soon.


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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.