Good morning, Calgary - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Calgary, and good morning, Insiders.

I’m at a slight loss for words here, gang. I had already written two sentences of what I had believed would be the final Good Morning post of the season before realizing that no, it isn’t, because the Kings play in Vancouver on Thursday. Oops! Hopefully the players, coaches and our pilots are aware of this as well. I watched the entire preview of Groundhog Day in acknowledgement that this is the team’s third trip to Calgary in the span of four weeks and two days, but chose against posting the video because the reference is overused and cliche. I was simply going to embed this story’s tweet but thought better of it. (LAKI Ombudsman Ralph Strangis sets a high bar for what is and is not appropriate on these pages.)

Instead, this is an early thank you for continuing to read and comment during a season that has been different (see: worse) from many of those in the recent past. I again deleted much of what I had written here because I try to avoid talking hockey in this particular column – we’ll get to that in WUWTK – but still wanted to convey that while not every single comment left here is read, there are executives that are well aware of what is being said and have a good sense of the fanbase’s sentiment at this particular time. For the conversation that we’ve had for going on four years and two months, thank you. Let’s keep it going.

I badly want to refer to the arena here in Calgary as simply The Saddledome, but naming rights were purchased, and if I’ve referenced the many corporate associations attached to KeyBank Arena (née, First Niagara Center, née HSBC Arena, née Marine Midland Arena), it’s appropriate to acknowledge this building as the Scotiabank Saddledome. Anyway, the Kings won’t be skating this morning at the former home of Lanny McDonald, Theo Fleury, Joel Otto and Mike Vernon, and instead will hold meetings and workouts at the team hotel. More to come from the players today before I shift my attention to China, where there will be an important league announcement later tonight highlighting a pair of Kings-Canucks preseason games to be played there in September. Let’s talk soon, 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.