September 30 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Dustin Brown seeing a nutritionist during the off-season:
The bottom line is they haven’t been able to train for almost five years. If you look at it, the year before they won the Cup, the team was all over the map if you look at the start of that season, they started that season in Europe, they finished the preseason on the road before they went to Europe, I believe they were in Portland, Oregon, Vegas, Europe, then mid-East Coast and then home, it was a tough year. And then we ended up winning the Cup that year, but the training part that part of the summer wasn’t really good, and then we played in June three years in a row. So, we haven’t really been able to train. I know there’s been a lot made about this guy what he’s done, or this guy what he’s done; most guys want to handle their diet or what they take in properly, especially some of these guys with young families, it’s hard to get it nailed down. Most of the guys now eat exactly what they’re supposed to, it’s not just the nutrition part, it’s the whole balance of what you take in, what you do in here on game days, what you’re doing before practice and after practice. Have I noticed it with Brownie? Sure, Brownie feels good about himself; he’s coming off of a tough year – bottom line. It was a tough year for him last year if you look at it. He’s a proud guy, and he wanted to do the necessary things, we asked him to be around the ice more during the summer as part of his training and he did that, and he took it upon himself to get a nutritionist, and that just tells you that he’s trying to get better as a player and be a good role model for some of the other guys.

On playing one game in eight days prior to the season:
Everybody plays six to seven games; everybody gets a break in there somewhere. If we look at our schedule, it’s not one game in eight days, we play again in three days, then we have a Sunday off where our players rest, and then we have two days back, so we need to get the game in that we need for the guys that need the game, everybody will have played their three to five games, and we should be ready.

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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.