Good Morning, Insiders!
We’re 24 hours away from the official start of the 2020-21 NHL season, with Day 1 of training camp slated to begin tomorrow at 10 AM.
The Kings announced earlier today the group of 36 skaters and 5 goaltenders that will comprise the roster for the first day of camp, along with a preliminary schedule for what training camp will consist of.
The full camp roster is listed below –
Goaltenders (5): 1 Grosenick, Troy, 31 Villalta, Matt, 32 Quick, Jonathan, 35 Ingham, Jacob, 31 Villalta, Matt, 40 Petersen, Cal
Defensemen (13): 3 Roy, Matt, 5 Alt, Mark, 6 Maatta, Olli, 8 Doughty, Drew, 26 Walker, Sean, 34 Clague, Kale, 44 Anderson, Mikey, 50 Durzi, Sean, 56 MacDermid, Kurtis, 57 Moverare, Jacob, 58 Phillips, Markus, 71 Strand, Austin, 78 Brickley, Daniel
Forwards (24): 9 Kempe, Adrian, 10 Amadio, Mike, 11 Kopitar, Anze, 12 Moore, Trevor, 19 Iafallo, Alex, 22 Athanasiou, Andreas*, 23 Brown, Dustin, 24 Andersson, Lias, 25 Imama, Boko, 27 Wagner, Austin, 28 Anderson-Dolan, Jaret, 29 Frk, Martin, 37 Madden, Tyler, 38 Grundstrom, Carl, 42 Vilardi, Gabriel, 43 Rymsha, Drake, 46 Lizotte, Blake, 48 Eyssimont, Mikey, 64 Luff, Matt, 68 Fagemo, Samuel, 77 Carter, Jeff, 86 Thomas, Akil, 87 Dudas, Aidan, 89 Kupari, Rasmus
*Note that Andreas Athanasiou will be activated and join the team during camp.
A quick note that it appears a few Kings will have new NHL numbers! Austin Wagner is now listed as #27, while Boko Imama is now listed as #25. Goaltenders Matthew Villalta is listed as #31 and Jacob Ingham is listed as #35.
Additionally, new Kings Troy Grosenick (#1), Mark Alt (#5), Olli Maatta (#6), Andreas Athanasiou (#22) Lias Andersson (#24) and had their numbers revealed by the team as well.
Training camp opens tomorrow at Toyota Sports Performance Center. At least to begin the on-ice skates, the players will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B, with both groups taking part in a 40-minute on-ice practice, as well as a 90 minute scrimmage, during the first three days of camp.
Camp begins at 10 AM on the first three days (12/31, 1/1, 1/2), before a group off-day on Sunday, 1/3, which enables me to follow the Miami Dolphins and their quest for a playoff berth (thanks Todd!).
Beginning on Monday, 1/4, the Kings will start their days at 11 AM, with each group taking part in a full-length practice, with the exception of a second off-day on Saturday, 1/9. Please note that all training camp activities will be closed to both the public and working media. All post-practice media interviews will be conducted virtually, and full camp coverage can be found here on LA Kings Insider.
Kings General Manager Rob Blake will give his first media availability of training camp later this afternoon – Check back for a full summary of Blake’s remarks heading into camp!