March 31 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether it’s a pleasure to watch Jarome Iginla reach personal accolades:
It was the game-winning goal. [Reporter: No surprise to you that he’s the one scoring that for you after all he’s done over the years?] I think I’ve answered Iggy questions since we got him. You guys know from being in Canada and covering him all the years the kind of player he is, and for him to come to us, it’s like I said, a lot of respect for him, and I know how great a player he is. Every goal he scores – I mean, you can ask that question all the time – every goal he scores, every point he gets, he goes right up there. As I said the last game we played, he’s one of those guys who deserves to win a Stanley Cup.

On Tyler Toffoli’s goal:
Yeah, breakout’s important. He went up and down. … It’s a big goal. Jonathan was much more involved. Two teams that don’t score much. You need your goalies to make a big save. Some are there and I think early in the game they probably had some good chances and he covered lots around the net and things like that. We hit that post in the first period, I think it was Marty. I was hoping that one goes in.

On the team “still breathing” in the playoff hunt:
Yeah, I am. I have a really slow pulse. My resting heart rate is phenomenal. [Reporter: Your hockey club’s still alive, coach, here, too, as well-] Yeah, we are. That’s true. Yeah. [Reporter: It’s not over ‘til it’s over. I could keep clichéing you all the time.] I’ve said it all year. I said it in day one, I said it after the first period of the first game we played this year. When our goalie went down then we were going to have to just try and stay in the race, so it’s all we can do.

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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.