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VIDEOS. Jeff Carter eschews brash, explosive celebrations for a more satisfied restraint when he scores. There’s a familiar fist pump, which is often saved for overtime or the shootout, but so many of his celebrations are like this one:

Stick in the air, arm around a teammate, bench fly by, prepare for the next shift. A 24/7 focus on goal celebrations that go too far will not feature Carter.

It’s why the Kings brought in the On the Bench boys. Certainly there’s something Jeff can learn from these highly accomplished coaches of skill (and celly) development.

I am going to try The Harpoon in rec league and whoops never mind I’ve been suspended six games.

Meanwhile, Happy August 10! August 10 is one day past August 9, which of course is the anniversary of Wayne Gretzky’s 1988 trade to Los Angeles. Articulating the legacy of that trade, Luc Robitaille shared his recollections of that summer and what Gretzky’s arrival meant to the city in a conversation with the NHL Network:

Speaking of the NHL Network, I’ll join them at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Jim Fox spoke with FOX Sports West about his own memories of the week Gretzky joined the Kings. The first people he called when he learned the trade was official? His parents.

For more on August 9, 1988, Lisa Dillman of shares memories from Gretzky, Peter Pocklington and Jeanie Buss.

The scene in Edmonton, via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

ELSEWHERE. The Kings expressed their support for Eddie Olczyk, who recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor and is receiving treatment for colon cancer “I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment,” Olczyk said in a statement. “Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments.” A color commentator for the Chicago Blackhawks and NBC Sports, Olczyk appeared in 67 games for Los Angeles in 1996-97, totaling 21 goals and 44 points before he was traded to Pittsburgh on March 18, 1997 for Glen Murray. … Josh Cooper spoke with Rob Blake and Luc Robitaille about the work that lies ahead for an piece. … Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy asks whether the Kings can still contend for the Stanley Cup. … More from NHL Tonight on the Gretzky trade.

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.