October 2 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the reception in Vernon and the excitement level in the city:
It was lots of fun. It’s much better playing preseason games in venues where everyone’s excited and knowledgeable, especially the kids who never, ever get to see NHL games, so it was pretty awesome.

On seeing NHL players when he was younger:
I thought about this this morning. My first NHL game, my dad took us to the old Edmonton Gardens. It was a preseason game, and it was the Kings and the Canucks. I remember Eddie Shack playing for the Kings.

On whether he has visited Vernon:
No, it’s funny. You know, all the years, 37 training camps, and I’ve never been to Vernon, not even to see a junior game. It’s funny – I haven’t even driven through it. Gary (Sutter) lives in Kelowna, and all the players that I’ve come out to see over the years in the summer in the Okanagan, but never to visit.

On today’s game being a “big deal” for the community:
It is a big deal. I mean, if you’re just here because you had to be here, it’s not a big deal to you. It’s a big deal. It’s important to see the kids, and when you see a former player Jerred Smithson here with his little guy, it’s a big deal. I talked to a family friend who’s a single mom out here with two little boys, they can’t afford to go to an NHL game. They can’t drive to Vancouver, so they get to come here. Those kids will remember that forever. I do. I remember that. As I said, it’s in my mind,

On getting autographs when he was younger:
It’s another story – a WHA story, and this was in the Coliseum back then. Ross was playing for the Oilers. Ross Perkins. I remember waiting after the game not just to talk to him, because we had known each other, but he was playing on that team. I think it was Tim Sheehy. Remember? And I remember getting Tim Sheehy’s autograph. [Reporter: How long did you keep it?] I don’t know. I just remember Tim Sheehy because I thought he was a real smooth player and all that. I can remember that. That’s a long time ago. [Reporter: Especially kids – they look so big compared to people you’re used to.] I can remember getting Darcy Rota’s – and that was Mike Rogers, those guys. Mike Rogers was playing with the old Centennials, and Darcy Rota, they were playing the Oil Kings back then. I think some of those junior guys didn’t even wear helmets in the old gardens. I can remember getting their autographs, and then I played against ‘em in about five years. Funny. Good memories. Good memories.

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.