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How Many Canadian Players On Los Angeles Kings?

By Usha Shrestha / 20 June 2023 05:52 AM

LA Kings mascot Bailey Posing On National Mascot Day 2023
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How many Canadian players on Los Angeles Kings? Answer: There are 9 Canadian players on Los Angeles Kings roster for the 2022-2023 NHL season.

They are:

  • Gabriel Vilardi
  • Jordan Spence
  • Francesco Pinelli
  • Zack MacEwan
  • Sean Durzi
  • Drew Doughty
  • Phillip Danault
  • Quinton Byfield
  • Jaret Anderson-Dolan

The Los Angeles-based franchise was formed on June 5, 1967. It is one of the teams who doubled the NHL team from 6 to 12 after the 1967 NHL expansion. The Kings joined the league with five others, including Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Kings have had Crypto.com Arena as their home since the 1999-2000 season. Earlier, they played at Kia Forum for 32 years. Philip Anschutz and Ed Roksi-owned team have brought the Stanley Cup home twice, making the most recent in 2014. 

Los Angeles Kings Roster With Pictures 2023

The Los Angeles Kings roster has 31 players including Mikey Andersin, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Lias Andersson, and others. The players are from seven different countries.

All the athletes from Canada are in defense or center positions except for Zack MacEwen. MacEwn serves as the winger on the team.

Los Angeles Kings is one of the 1967 expansion team, which has won the Stanley Cup twice
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Likewise, Balke Lizotte is the only one on the injured reserve list. The club has the right to replace him in the future if needed.

The catalog for a particular team can change during the season, as they might remove or include athletes via trade, waivers, or free agency.

The updated roster list of the NHL franchise is as follows:

  • Mikey Anderson (#44)
  • Jaret Anderson-Dolan (#28)
  • Lias Andersson (#17)
  • Viktor Arvidsson (#33)
  • Tobias Bjornfot (#7)
  • Quinton Byfield (#55)
  • Phoenix Copley (#29)
  • Phillip Danault (#24)
  • Drew Doughty (#8)
  • Sean Durzi (#50)
  • Alexander Edler (#2)
  • Kevin Fiala (#22)
  • Vladislav Gavrikov (#84)
  • Carl Grundstrom (#91)
  • Samuel Helenius (#79)
  • Alex Lafallo (#19)
  • Arthur Kaliyev (#34)
  • Adrian Kempe (#9)
  • Anze Kopitar (#11)
  • Joonas Korpisalo (#70)
  • Rasmus Kupari (#89)
  • Alex Laferriere (#78)
  • Andre Lee (#47)
  • Blake Lizotte (#46)
  • Zack MaEwen (#17)
  • Trevor Moore (#12)
  • Jacob Moverare (#57)
  • Francesco Pinelli (#38)
  • Matt Roy (#3)
  • Jordan Spence(#53)
  • Gabriel Vilardi (#13)

Los Angeles Kings Goalie

The Los Angeles Kings goalies are Pheonix Copley and Joonas Korpisalo. Another goaltender, Cal Peterson, was traded to the Flyers on June 6, 2023.

Joonas Korpisalo was bartered to the Kings for Jonathan Quick on March 1, 2023. He previously played with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Jackets picked him in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Later in 2014, he penned a three-year entry-level contract with the Jackets.

After eight seasons with the franchise and one with the Kings, Korpisalo's average save percentage is .904. He played 11 games with the latter team and scored seven wins.

Pheonix Copley is the undrafted NHL netminder of the Kings. He debuted in the league via St. Louis Blues in the 2015-2016 season. However, he picked the Capitals to start his professional career on March 20, 2014.

Pheonix flexing his t-shirt from Barn Hockey
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On July 13, 2022, Copley joined his current team as a free agent. The franchise offered him $850,000 for a season. He is soon to make a mark as the fifth netminder of the Kings' history to win seven games in a row.

Emergency Goalie

The Kings Organization organized open goaltending tryouts to select the Emergency goalie. The program was held in September ending in 2017.

More than a thousand applicants submitted their applications to try out. Yet, 30 of them made the cut.

Alec Rounds, Billy Blase, Derek Classen, and Eric Chiccone were chosen as the Kings' next EBUG. They were expected to split the duties for the 2017-2018 season.

Los Angeles Kings Defenseman

Los Angeles Kings defensemen are Mikey Anderson, Tobias Bjornfot, Vladislav Gavrikov, and others. Jacob Moverare is also on the list.

On June 7, the NHL franchise extended the contract with Vladislav with a two-year extension. The deal marked his average annual value at $5,875,000.

The club has five wingers, each in left and right positions. Here is the checklist of the defending heroes with their position, and birthplaces:

Left Defenseman

  1. Mikey Anderson, Fridley, Minnesota
  2. Tobias Bjornfot, Upplands Vasby, Sweden
  3. Alexander Edler, Ostersund, Sweden
  4. Vladisiav Gavrikov, Yaroslavl, Russia
  5. Jacob Moverare, Ostersund, Sweden

Right Defenseman

  1. Drew Doughty, London Ontario
  2. Sean Durzi, Toronto, Ontario
  3. Matt Roy, Canton, Michigan
  4. Jordan Spence, Sydney, Australia
  5. Sean Walker, Keswick, Ontario

Los Angeles Kings Wing

Los Angeles Kings wing are Alex Laffalo, Andre Lee, Kevin Fiala, and others. Out of ten wingers, four play from the right.

Right winger Laferriere signed a three-year contract with the club on April 9. Moore was on the injured reserve list in February due to his upper-body injury. He has recovered and joined the team at the rink for the remaining games.

List of wingers with their birthplace:

Left Wing

  • Carl Grundstrom, Umea, Sweden
  • Alex Lafallo, Eden, New York
  • Arthur Kaliyev, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Adrian Kempe, Kramfors, Sweden
  • Andre Lee, Karlstad, Sweden
  • Trevor Moore, Thousand Oaks, California

Right Wing

  • Viktor Arvidsson. Skelleftea, Sweden
  • Kevin Fiala, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Alex Lafeeriere, Chatham, New Jersey
  • Zach MacEwan, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Los Angeles Kings Center

Los Angeles Kings Center includes Gabriel Vilardi, Blake Lizotte, Quinton Byfield, and others. The team leader and center player Kopitar has been with the club since 2005.

Likewise, Andersson was called up from minors Ontario AHL on April 27, 2023. The same day, Pinelli enrolled in the team from the same junior league as Andersson.

Blake was suspended for a game by the league for cross-checking. His suspension was over the next day, on May 27, 2023.

This year, center athlete Nate Schnarr was tarded for Frederic Allard on May 3. Allard was traded to the Canadiens.

Here is a list of all the players in the center key position for the Kings in the 2022-2023 season.

  • Gabriel Vilardi, Kingston, Ontario
  • Franceso Pinelli, Hamilton, Onatario
  • Blake Lizotte, Lindstrom, Minnesota
  • Ramus Kupari, Kotka, Finland
  • Anze Kopitar, Jesenice, Yugoslavia
  • Samuel Helenius, Jarvenoaa, Finland
  • Phillip Danault, Victoriaville, Quebec
  • Quinton Byfield, Newmarket, Ontario
  • Lias Andersson, Smogen, Sweden
  • Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Calgary, Alberta

 

Los Angeles Kings Captain and Alternates

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar has been holding the captaincy since June 2016. The team has Phillip Danault and Drew Doughty as alternates.

The NHL franchise chose Doughty as the "A" man in the 2016-2017 same season they got their 14th club leader. On the other hand, Danault was chosen for the responsibility in 2022-2023. Both of them belong from Canada.

Anze Kopitar

Anze Kopitar is the first Slovene to participate in the National Hockey League. The Kings drafted him in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The 35-year-old won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in his debut season with the team and a second time in 2018.

The trophy is handed to the skillful defensive athlete annually. Moreover, he was honored with Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 20-16 for his gentleman play.

Born in Jesenice, Slovenia, the outstanding athlete learned skating at the age of four with his father. Matjaz constructed an ice rink in the backyard for him and his younger sibling to play.

Once he reached 15, Kopitar joined HK Acroni Jesenice to participate in Slovenian Ice Hockey League. He scored two goals in his NHL debut against the Anaheim Ducks.

The franchise extended its agreement with the player in the early 2008-2009 season. The seven-year extension deal is worth $47.6 million. In between, he won two Stanly Cups in 2012 and 2014.

To date, Kopitar has played 1292 games with the Kings following his 17th season in the NHL. His best score is 393 goals and 748 assists.

The Slovan athlete met his future wife the year, he made it to the NHL Draft. The lovebirds walked down the aisle in July 2013. They are parents to a daughter and a son.

Alternates

"A" Man, Phillip Danault, joined the Kings as a free agent on July 28. He penned worth $33 million deal with the team that will cover until the 2027-2028 season.

Danault kicked his 100th NHL goal with the Kings on March 9, 2023. Earlier, he played with the Canadiens, who acquired him in the 2018 trade. He was exchanged for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischman.

Originally, the Blackhawks brought him to the NHL following the 2011 Entry Draft. In his debut match, the Blackhawks won over Oiler with a 7-1.

Overall, Danault has a record of 100 goals and 204 assists after playing 553 games with three NHL franchises.

Next on the list is defencing hero Drew Doughty. He joined the NHL after the Kings selected him in the 2008 Entry Draft.

The 33-year-old has won two Silver Cups (2012 and 2014) with the Kings and two Olympic Golds representing his national team. In 2016, the athlete won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, featuring his position with the finest all-around ability.

He was eighteen when he played against the Sharks on October 11, 2008. Yet, it was the Avalanche, who failed to prevent his debut goal on October 20. 

Not to forget, Drew is the highest-paid athlete of the franchise, followed by the leader. He makes $seven million annually, whereas the average salary of the leader is $6.8 million.

Los Angeles Kings Coach And General Manager

Los Angeles Kings coach Tod McLellan was hired in April 2019. Rob Blake serves as the general manager of the NHL franchise.

Before Todd, former head mentor of the Canucks, Willie Desjardins was in the position for the 2018-2019 season.

Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan is the 26th head mentor of the NHL franchise. The Kings appointed him on April 16, 2019.

The Islanders picked the former ice hockey athlete in the 1986 Entry Draft. However, he couldn't play for long due to a recurring injury.

Eventually, Todd began his coaching career with North Battleford North Stars in 1993. Following that, Mike Babcock chose him as his assistant with the Wings in 2005. He won his first Stanley Cup with the team in 2007-2008.

In June 2008, the 55-year-old was appointed the head mentor for the Sharks. Following that, he became the triumphant mentor in the team's history with 207 wins in 2013.

Edmonton Oilers are the second franchise for Todd with the position. Moreover, after signing a roughly $ 3 million worth contract with the Oilers, he became the highest-paid coach in NHL history for a day.

On the personal front, the current head mentor of the Kings is married to his better half, Debbie McLellan. The duo shares two boys: Tyson and Cale.

Rob Blake

Rob Blake is the former player of the Kings starting in 1989. In fact, he led the team for five seasons in his 11 years with the club.

In 1993 Rob appeared in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals with the Kings against the Habs. Unfortunately, the opponent won the trophy. On the other hand, he received James Norris Memorial Trophy as a top defensive player.

A portrait from 1996, when Blake played for the Kings as one of the greatest defenseman
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The Simcoe native joined Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and stayed with them until 2006. In July 2006, the ice hockey executive returned to the Kings and made $6 million annually for two seasons.

In 2008, as a free agent, Blake agreed with the rival of the franchise. The Sharks offered him a five million worth deal. On June 18, 2018, Rob quitted from his professional hockey career.

His jersey "4" retired on January 17, 2015, and he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame three years later.

Blake's debut NHL team hired him as assistant GM in 2013-2014. After serving in the post for three seasons, he was named the GM and vice-president of the club on April 10, 2017.