Good morning, Edmonton - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Edmonton, and good morning, Insiders.

After a 29-minute flight from Calgary, we touched down in Oil Country and made the drive north from the airport to the city center, where we unloaded the buses, picked up our room keys and hopped upstairs – LITERALLY – for a pretty good night of sleep. There were no time changes, no hours lost. Such is an infrequent luxury during a compacted stretch of the schedule such as the current one in which the LA Kings play eight games in 13 days.

But it got me thinking – what’s the shortest flight you’ve ever been on? We’re talking wheels-up/wheels-down, not taxi time or the cushions often provided at larger, busier airports. I can recall several flights shorter than the 29 minutes we spent in the air last night. I once connected in Detroit while flying to the West Coast from Cleveland, and that was about 25 minutes. But nothing was as short as a 17-minute hop from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara when I returned to California for a wedding early in the 2016-17 season and flew from Montreal through O’Hare and LAX. Like last night’s post-flight commute, the drive from the airport to our lodging was longer than the actual flight.

Has anyone flown from one Los Angeles-area airport to another? There was the novelty offer to fly from Long Beach to Burbank during Carmageddon in 2011, but I don’t recall any recent passenger service between L.A.-area airports. Was there ever an LAX-SNA flight? LAX-ONT?

There’s no morning skate today, and I’ll be gathering a few more details and quotes on my Dustin Brown story, which will be shared on Thursday afternoon. I should still have a few notes on prospects and their postseason adventures coming up this afternoon, so stay on the lookout for that. Also, make sure to tune in tonight as we get to another batch of young’uns on today’s first intermission Rosen Report.

Thank you as always for reading and putting up with the occasional #avgeek notes. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

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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.