Good morning, Columbus - LA Kings Insider

Good morning Columbus, good morning road trip, and good morning, Insiders.

It’s an overcast morning and shaping up to be a mild late fall at the head of a six-game, 13-day road trip, the longest trip the team has taken since spending 13 days on the road (but playing only five games) in February, 2009, and a marathon eight-game, 16-day trip between January 28 and February 12, 2008. The Kings actually played 10 consecutive road games between February 1-23, 2011, but returned twice to Southern California in doing so. Later this season, Los Angeles will again head out on the road for 13 days – counting from the day the team leaves LAX through the final game of the trip – with a more compact seven-game slate. The Blackhawks have their Circus Trip, and the Kings have their Grammy Trip, which often accounts for these long stretches away from the plush comforts of Staples Center.

It was shaping up to be a beautiful Monday when the team plane took off over the Pacific Ocean, banked over the South Bay and headed towards the Eastern Conference:


A photo posted by Jon Rosen (@rambleonrosen) on

And as the team descended over central Ohio, a palpable haze on an otherwise beautiful fall afternoon obscured the sights below until it became time to break out the camera to capture the landing:

I’m also sorry to report that this will be the final Good Morning post ever because I will have suffered a heart attack at the hands of the cacophonous Columbus cannon. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The team is scheduled to hit the ice at 11:30 this morning, local time. There’s lots more to come on a busy game day in the Arena District, Insiders.


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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.