2018 preseason schedule released; training camp opens September 14 - LA Kings Insider

All but two of the dates had already been released by other Pacific Division teams, but you can now mark it down. It’s official:

Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.:
KINGS at Arizona, Gila River Arena (split squad)
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.: KINGS vs Arizona, STAPLES Center (split squad)
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.: KINGS at Vancouver, Rogers Arena (Kings split squad)
Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.: KINGS vs Vegas, STAPLES Center (Kings split squad)
Monday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.: KINGS vs Vancouver, Vivint Smart Home Arena
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.: KINGS at Anaheim, Honda Center
Friday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.: KINGS at Vegas, T-Mobile Arena
Saturday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.: KINGS vs Anaheim, STAPLES Center
-all times Pacific

TICKETS | Tickets for all games apart from the September 24 game in Salt Lake City will go on sale later this summer. (See below for tickets for the September 24 game.) For group ticket deposits, suite inquiries or information on full or half-season season ticket membership, call 1.888.KINGS.LA or visit LAKings.com for more information.

The Kings also announced that the first on-ice sessions for training camp will take place on September 14 at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Full details and rosters for development camp – which will take place next week at TSC – as well as rookie camp and training camp will be released at later dates.

VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA? | The home of the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena (née Delta Center / EnergySolutions Arena) will play host to the Kings-Canucks game on Monday, September 24. It’s probably be a safe bet that Trevor Lewis and Daniel Brickley will be ticketed for this game. Speaking of tickets, have at ‘er. Related: Why do I continue to subject myself to such pain?

THE ACTUAL SCHEDULE | The 2018-19 regular season schedule will be released by the Kings at 2:30 p.m. PT Thursday, shortly after the 2:00 p.m. reveal of key schedule dates on the NHL Network. The Kings’ 2018-19 home opener is Friday, October 5 versus San Jose. Story to come.

SPLIT SQUADS, AHOY! | After a one-year hiatus because of the NHL China Games, the Arizona split-squad games return. You may sleep soundly now. Los Angeles split squads will also travel to Vancouver and play host to Vegas on September 20.

NO-LORADO | We had a good run for a decade and a half, but for the second straight year, there will be no Kings-Avs preseason games. I trust you’ll handle this with grace and aplomb.

WHY THE SARCASM? | Trying to fill space and lighten up a preseason release. Also, my words are all I have. Strong men also cry.

-Lead photo via Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire

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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.