Good morning, Washington - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Washington, and good morning, Insiders.

Good morning, final day of the road trip. We were talking last night at dinner that the beginning of this trip seems like ages ago. The team flew east on January 31, and I feel there have been four storms that have blown through Southern California since we’ve left. More storms are forecast this week. That’s a good thing! Any Inland Empire dwellers around? How have the San Gabriels looked? Any chance for a dusting in the foothills? I’ve been checking the weather, and there have been some awfully low overnight temperatures we associate with Southern California perhaps once or twice a year.

We ate at Kellari Taverna last night, our favorite Greek restaurant on the circuit, and a place we saw an excellent jazz-fusion Beatles cover band in 2015 that performed a terrific version of Tomorrow Never Knows. The walk back to the hotel brought us through Lafayette Square and adjacent to the White House, where we’d been invited in 2013 and 2015. As we passed by, a wet snow fell around us that got a bit heavy and stuck to our jackets but didn’t accumulate on the ground. It’s wet outside today, and the precipitation should mostly fall in the form of rain from the reports we’ve been hearing (aka the iOS Weather icon).

Here’s what it looked like when we landed shortly before 4:30 p.m. yesterday:

The Kings are scheduled to take the Capital One Arena ice at 11:00 a.m. Lots more to come on a busy game day, 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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