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Los Angeles Kings Anze Kopitar: How He Got to the Stanley Cup

August 28th, 2014 at 11:37 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Here is the journey that led the Los Angeles Kings alternate captain Anze Kopitar, to his second Stanley Cup.

Known as one of the best all around players in the NHL, 27-year old Kopitar was born in Jesenice, Slovenia.

From 2002-2008 he played for Slovenia and Sweden. He played for his hometown, where his father also coached him and he moved to Sweden to play when he was 16.

In 2005 he was the Kings 11th overall first round draft pick. His first season playing for the Kings was in 2006-07. Prior to being drafted his skills and top records led him to be a top ranked European skater in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

Kopitar quickly became a rising star for the Kings, and still doesn’t get nearly as much credit as he deserves from the NHL.

In 604 NHL games he has 202 goals and 344 assists, a plus-47 rating, 174 penalty minutes, and 27 game winning goals. In 70 playoff contests, he recorded 18 goals and 42 assists, a plus 22 rating, 37 penalty minutes, and four game winning goals.

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Los Angeles Kings Take Part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 20th, 2014 at 10:54 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Your Los Angeles Kings are participating in the ALS ice Bucket Challenge, to raise awareness and money for ALS.

It all started with Kings trainer Chris Kingsley.

Kings who participated include, Darryl Evans, Jim fox, Bailey, Ice Crew, Marian Gaborik, Jeff and Megan Carter, Dustin Brown, Dwight King and Family, Jarret Stoll, Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar, Ryan Van Asten and his buddy Kyle who has ALS, and no other then the coach himself, Darryl Sutter.

The videos are available on the players twitter, LA Kings social media and youtube.com.

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Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty: How He Got to the Stanley Cup

August 20th, 2014 at 9:05 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Here is the story of the journey that led defenseman Drew Doughty to his second career Stanley Cup.

24-year old Doughty is a native of London, ON, CA. Growing up his favorite player was Wayne Gretzky and his favorite team was the Los Angeles Kings.

He began his amateur career in 2004 with the London Jr. Knights Minor-ON. In 2005 he went on to play for the Guelph Storm-OHL. He stayed there until 2008. In the 2006-07 season he played a few games for the Canada-WJ18-A and in the 2007-08 season he played a few games for the Canada-WJC-A, winning the gold medal.

In 2008 he was the first round second overall draft pick by the Kings. That season he played 82 games for the Kings in his NHL season debut recording six goals and 21 assists. In 2009 he participated in the World Championships in Switzerland taking home the silver medal.

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Los Angeles Kings Jonathan Quick: How He Got to the Stanley Cup

August 20th, 2014 at 6:56 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Here is the journey that led 28-year old Jonathan Quick to his second career Stanley Cup.

Quick is a native of Milford, CT, United States.

He started off his amateur career with the AVON OLD FARMS-HIGH-CTIN from 2002-2005.

In 2005 he was the third round 72nd overall draft pick for the Los Angeles Kings, but he did not play for them for a while.

He spent 2005- 2007 with the U. OF MASSACHUSETTS-H-EAST. In 2006-07 he was a part of the All-Hockey East Second Team and AHCA East Second-Team All-American.

In 2007 he played three games for the Kings. He spent the 2007-08 season with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL and the Reading Royals-ECHL.

Finally in the 2008-09 season he joined the Kings, He also played 14 games for the Monarchs. Since 2009 he has been the starting goaltender for the Kings and has not disappointed.

In 2010 he was a silver medalist for Team USA in the Olympics. In 2012 he became a shining star for his team and the NHL. Besides being part of the NHL-All Star Team, and winning an ESPY for the Best NHL player, he helped his team reach the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup with his phenomenal goaltending and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy. In addition he was a Vezna Trophy Finalist.

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Los Angeles Kings Justin Williams: How He Got to the Stanley Cup

August 20th, 2014 at 12:17 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Here is the journey that led Justin Williams to his third Stanley Cup and first Conn Smythe Trophy.

Williams, 32, is a native of Cobourg, ON, Canada.

He began his career in 1997 spending it with the Colborne Colts-OHA-C, Cobourg Cougars-OPJHL, and Plymouth Whalers-OHL until he was the first round 28th overall draft pick in 2000 by the Philadeplohia Flyers.

During his time with the Flyers he also played for Canada-WC-A. Williams was then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2003-04 season. During his time there he also played for the Canada-WC-A again and Lulea HF-Sweden (during NHL lockout). In 2006 he won his first ever Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes.

In 2004 and 2007 he won the gold medal for the World Championship, representing Team Canada.

In 2008 he was traded to the Kings. With his veteran experience he brought a lot to the teams dynamic even though he had many injuries that led him to take some time off. He helped the Kings reach the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2012, but it was their second Cup in 2014 where he really shined like the star he is.He didn’t just get his third career Stanley Cup, but his first career Conn Smythe, for the most valuable player.

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