Good morning, Chicago - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Insiders, and good morning, Chicago.

Not a bad schedule, this. Hastened by a 7:00 p.m. local time start, we were out the doors (err, loading dock) of the Scottrade Center at 10:20 yesterday and up in the air just before 11:00 p.m. We touched down at Midway before 11:45, and after leaving the field, arrived at the team hotel with enough time to spare for a nightcap. There were a few bloggers and media types congregating at the sleekly renovated lobby downstairs. Not enough time to make a quick run to Rush Street, but, hey, it’s a Saturday off-night in Chicago, and the world is our oyster. The only time we visited last year was on the second night of a back-to-back. ALL HAIL SCHEDULOR.

So! A little bit of personal and site news. I’ve taken on some additional broadcasting responsibilities outside of the organization, and the first assignment will be coming up next weekend. I’ve been given a broadcasting package to call some NCAA hockey by the Big Ten Network, and my first game will be next Friday’s match-up between Notre Dame and Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison. This requires a sign off from the Kings, and they’ve been incredibly kind to allow me this opportunity, because I’ll be missing some games here and there. In the immediate future, I won’t be present for Thursday’s game versus Ottawa and Friday’s practice day. My return flight to L.A. is scheduled to land at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, so I’ll likely miss the morning skate in advance of the Carolina game as well, but hopefully there will be a gate available for us at LAX and I can rush back to TSC and cover the end of that day’s media availability. There will be a guest poster for the days I’m away, so the site won’t go Sports Center during a Y2K compliance test. More about this next week.

I’ll also have another broadcasting package to announce in a few weeks, which, again, the Kings were awesome to sign off on. I’ll share that with you at the appropriate time.

Practice day! Will we see the whites of Torrey Mitchell’s eyes? We’ll find out at the United Center at 1:00 p.m. local time. Enjoy your weekend, Insiders. It’s a beautiful morning in the Windy City.

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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.