Good morning, San Jose - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Insiders, and good morning, Silicon Valley.

I had been dreaming of a Munters Christmas, but sadly, that dream was not realized. Munters sightings across our great league are becoming as rare as herds of Nubian ibex nobly galloping across the central Eritrean highlands. And, make no mistake: a TRANE is no Munters. This brings me immense shame, particularly because this hotel room would have provided a prime location to view and understand both the individual unit and Carl Munters himself.

So, this is the Kings’ final stop in San Jose this season. The final regular season meeting overall between will take place on Monday, January 15, shortly after the halfway point. That’s too bad, because there’s almost always a healthy distaste between these teams that ramps up as the season progresses, but even when San Jose comes off the schedule, Los Angeles still has a combined 20 games against Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Vegas remaining. Because of an eastern-heavy first half of the season, only eight of the Kings’ first 36 games have been waged against divisional foes. As great of a city as Vancouver is – and Vancouver is a great city – there’s no La Victoria on Robson Street.

Hey, a daytime landing! The Kings touched down after the 50-minute flight at 3:00 p.m.

That’s it for now, Insiders. San Jose holds morning skates at their own practice facility on game days, so the next update will follow after Los Angeles concludes theirs. As noted on Twitter, the Kings will have three participants at the World Junior Championships: 19-year-old Canadian defenseman Kale Clague (2nd/16), 18 year-old American defenseman Mikey Anderson (4th/17) and 19-year-old Swedish defenseman Jacob Moverare (4th/16). More on these three to come later today. As always, thank you for reading, Insiders. Let’s talk soon.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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