Los Angeles Kings

Marian Gaborik

HC0007Date sent: September 13, 2017
Date received: November 21, 2017
Total time: 69 days
Total players responses: 562
Total 2017 responses: 21

A really nice return from current LA Kings forward, Marian Gaborik and Minnesota Wild all-time goal scoring leader.

During the NHL entry draft which was held at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Marian was drafted 3rd overall – just behind NHL all stars Rick Dipietro and Danny Heatley and three spots ahead of Scott Hartnell.

That day, Marian was the Wild’s first ever draft pick and subsequently scored the Wild’s first ever goal in franchise history on October 6, 2000 in Anaheim.  He would end up tied for the team lead with 18 goals, alongside Darby Hendrickson and Wes Walz.  Following Gabby’s rookie season, he produced back to back 30 goal campaigns which he was not able to replicate until 2005 – 2007 where he scored 38 and 30 goals.

Marian was unable to negotiate a deal with Wild, which led him to sign a five year deal with the NY Rangers, where he was again, a scoring machine.  He notched 42, 22, 41 and 9 goals until he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He never saw much success with the Blue Jackets and eventually was again, traded at the trade deadline to the LA Kings during the 2013/14 NHL season.

To fully enjoy the scoring prowess of Gabby, here is a top 10!  Number one is a sweet goal showing off his pure speed and quickness of shot.

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Anze Kopitar

HC0001Date sent: October 1, 2017
Date received: October 26, 2017
Total time: 37 days
Total players responses: 557
Total 2017 responses: 16

Anze has been one of my favorite Kings players and was pleasantly surprised that I got a return from him! I had sent out a letter to Anze in the past but only once I got a return through the mail and another time in person. This one I had sent through to the Kings practice facility which I may have to experiment more with in the future.

As many of you know, Anze plays as a centre for the LA Kings and has helped the Kings win two cups in the last decade. He’s been a major core piece for those two cups and is relied on as a top scorer on the team. He was originally drafted by the Kings in the ’05 draft and can be easily considered a top 5 player if that draft was ever redone. Fortunately for the Kings, Anze has turned out to be quite the player and has a funny bone in his body with commercials like the one below:

Ryan Smyth

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Date sent: January 27, 2011
Date received: May 30, 2012
Total time: 489 days
Total players responses: 522
Total 2012 responses: 125

Sweet! One of my longest returns, this one from Ryan Smyth. Ryan is known as Captain Canada, as he’s played in many International matches representing Canada. He was drafted 6th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, and had made numerous stops in other cities before returning back home to Edmonton in the 2011 – 12 season. Thanks for the autograph Ryan!

Dustin Brown

Date sent: June 22, 2011
Date received: May 17, 2012
Total time: 330 days
Total players responses: 475
Total 2012 responses: 78

Dustin Brown, captain of the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, returned this card to me in just under a years’ time.  He was definitely one of the better leaders this year, leading by example in his regular rough and tough nature.  I’d love to have this guy on my team, as he’s the prototypical captain that every team should have!  Thanks for the auto Dustin.

Anze Kopitar

Received IP: February 26th, 2012
Total players responses: 423
Total 2012 responses: 26

Another sweet auto from a LA Kings player.  This time, Anze Kopitar was nice enough to sign this City Lights jersey card for me.  Anze has been lights out for the LA Kings this year, and will hopefully find more success in the playoffs, perhaps facing my team, the Canucks.  LA has significantly upgraded their offense, with the addition of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter this year.

Davis Drewiske

Date sent: June 22nd, 2011
Date received: February 27th, 2012
Total time: 250 days
Total players responses: 420
Total 2012 responses: 23

I managed to snag Davis Drewiske’s autograph through the mail, which took nearly 2/3rds of the year!  I don’t doubt that Davis gets fan mail, but it’s a bit funny to see it take so long!  I’m happy regardless, as I’ll wait as long as it takes for any return, which makes the hobby so enjoyable!  Thanks for the return Davis!

Jack Johnson

Received IP: February 26th, 2012
Total players responses: 414
Total 2012 responses: 17

Jack Johnson is not a Columbus Blue Jacket!  He was traded right at the deadline and was one of LA Kings top prospect defensemen.  Jack was nice enough to sign for me on this sweet beginnings rookie jersey card.  Jack has always been awesome signing autographs for us autograph hounders.