Good morning, San Jose - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, San Jose, and good morning, Insiders.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’re in San Jose, not Santa Clara or Palo Alto or any of the other cities that have borne en masse the conglomerated commercial tech parks that straddle the wide boulevards and populate the slow-livin’, suburban landscape on the Southern San Francisco Peninsula. We’re staying at a familiar team hotel – though unfortunately there won’t be any post-game rickshaws – and will commute to Levi’s Stadium later this evening. The Kings aren’t holding a morning skate.

Speaking of Levi’s Stadium, the facility is tremendous. The first thing noticeable from the press box (other than ‘hey, there’s a hockey rink in the middle of a football stadium!’) – is how terrific the sight lines are. Those sight lines for football look outstanding, but for a game where we’ll all be tracking a three inch-by-one inch rubber disc, it’ll be much easier to follow along than it was at Dodger Stadium last year. The Dodger Stadium event was a fantastic event operationally and took place in one of sports’ hallowed grounds, but for the purposes of watching the game and keeping tabs on particular players and being able to see them emote and react and make little plays, this year’s set-up should prove to be superior.

There’s no landing video because I was booted off the charter yesterday (not literally; that would’ve been a scene!) due to the few extra hands on deck. I guess I could’ve made a landing video anyway, but I was in an aisle seat and didn’t feel like reaching across two people to make it happen. Instead, in a nod to the entertainment and window dressing around tonight’s game, here’s a loosely related Simpsons clip.

Even though there’s no morning skate today, there’s still plenty to come up until the drop of the puck at 7:15 p.m. Enjoy your Saturday, Insiders, and rest up – there’s a big game tonight.


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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.