Good morning, Washington - LA Kings Insider

It’s a big, big day in sports.

This match will determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth: MEXICO or PORTUGAL!

The 1997-98 season was an OK year for the Kings, who finished fifth in the west behind Jozef Stumpel’s career-high 79 points and fell in the first round of the playoffs to St. Louis. It was, at the same time, one of the really, really good years of the Simpsons, with standout episodes The Cartridge Family (above; among the all-time greats), Das Bus and Trash of the Titans.

So, the Super Bowl is today, and today’s game is an awfully compelling match-up. Unless you’re a fan of another team that harbored title aspirations (guilty!), if you would’ve heard before the season that today’s game would be contested by the Seahawks and Patriots, you’d probably have been on board. The cocky defending champions against the closest thing the league has to a dynasty-slash-evil empire? Let’s make a date of it.

I’m going to hold my nose and root for the Patriots Tom Brady, the quarterback who led my 1999 Michigan Wolverines to come-from-behind wins over Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, and ultimately Alabama in the Orange Bowl after poor Ryan Pflugner missed an overtime extra point. All the intangibles he has shown in his legendary career he showed during his senior year in Ann Arbor, which began with him having to fend off a challenge at the position from Drew Henson and ended in April when he was selected 199th overall in the NFL Draft by New England. I remember following along late enough in meaningless exhibition action to watch his preseason debut in the Hall of Fame Game during the summer of 2000 at a friend’s house in Studio City. It was also Dennis Miller’s Monday Night Football debut. Brady had better staying power.

It’s a practice day for the Kings, who will skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in suburban Arlington at 12:00 p.m. local time. Helene and I will have reports from the facility, and later in the day I’ll also share a conversation I had with Monarchs coach Mike Stothers from last night’s game. Enjoy the big afternoon, Kings fans, and I hope I don’t come off too much like my dad when I say Be Responsible.

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Ay, rest up, noble Munters. Summer is coming.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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