Audio: Gaborik, Laperriere; Schneider feature, 5K info - LA Kings Insider

GABBO GABBO GABBO. Scott Burnside had a 10-minute conversation with Marian Gaborik that was included as part of a Hockey Today podcast posted earlier today on ESPN.com. It was followed up with nearly 10 minutes of Burnside, Craig Custance and Joe McDonald talking about the Kings and how they could be affected by the World Cup claiming a handful of players in advance of the start of the season.

It’s not embeddable, and I don’t like downloading audio and soundclouding it – thus marking the first use of “soundcloud” as a verb – so go ahead and click on THIS LINK and listen to Gaborik and Burnside (at the 11:30 mark), which is followed up by the conversation on the Kings.

Some Gaborik bits: Marian’s summer has been dedicated to training and his own hockey school (held at Arena Mariana Gaborika), which celebrated its eighth year. As for his continued rehabilitation following the team’s playoff exit, he referenced the off-season as a “pretty challenging summer,” though he did take some time off immediately after the conclusion of the season, as all players do. He called playing for Team Europe, and not Slovakia, “a different challenge for us,” though he expressed interest in getting the tournament underway. Again, Burnside and Custance discuss the particular challenges for the Kings, who will be without the services of Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Anze Kopitar and Gaborik for a good chunk of training camp and the preseason.

LAPPY CHAT. Jesse Cohen of Kings Men Podcast spoke with alumni and former Legends Night honoree Ian Laperierre as part of the 50 Kings series interview series:

MATTY HOCKEY. Deborah Lew recently sat down with Mathieu Schneider, who reflected on his Los Angeles tenure and shared some terrific recollections of the early-aught Kings. There are stories of Stu Grimson, Jere Karalahti, and a great memory of Jamie Storr’s pre-game routine:

There were a number of guys who made a lasting impression on Schneider from his tenure with the Kings, goalie Jamie Storr being one of them. Schneider describes Storr as “incredibly nice person, but just off his rocker.”

One of Schneider’s earliest memories of Storr came during their first exhibition game together, played in Bakersfield.

“Nobody had warned me about him, and the trainer sat me right next to him,” Schneider says about Storr, whom he knew a little bit from summer training.

“I was never a superstitious guy, but goalies are generally very superstitious, Jamie, in particular, was very superstitious,” Schneider continues. “I go get my coffee, I’m starting to get ready, and Storsy is laying on the ground with his legs up on the bench – I’d never seen this before – and he’s visualizing making saves. His eyes are closed and he’s kind of talking to himself, his hands are moving all over the place.

“I kind of stare at him, and I’m drinking my coffee, and I looked around, and I think it was Glen Murray and a couple of the other guys are pointing at me, they were waiting to see what my reaction was, and they just started dying when they saw me,” Schneider recalls fondly. “I knew better than to bother a goalie during his routine, but later on as the year went on, I was always in the middle of his routine like ‘hey, Storsy, what do you do when it goes 5-hole? You’re not closing up the 5-hole?’ We busted him a lot, but it was all in good fun. He’s a piece of work, no question about it.”

Click here for 50 Kings – Mathieu Schneider

5K. A quick reminder that pricing for the 5K benefiting Hydrocephalus Association jumps up five bucks to $45 tomorrow. To lock into the lower rate, click this link. The 5K stakes place at 8:00 a.m. in Redondo Beach on Saturday, September 17. How could you say “no” to a smiling Daryl Evans?

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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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