Los Angeles Kings

Charlie Simmer

HC0002aRetired hockey player, Charlie Simmer, signed a few of his hockey cards for me when I sent them to a private address I got off one of the hockey forums I frequent. While I never personally watched Charlie play (he was an 80s player!), he clearly was a high scoring forward, having notched back to back 100+ point seasons with 50+ goals in each of those seasons. What’s more impressive in each of those 100+ point seasons was that he only played 64 and 65 games.

Unfortunately for Charlie, he only helped the Kings to the post season three of the eight seasons he played for the team and only played in 24 playoff games total.  Charlie actually accumulated quite the number of achievements during his career as a pro NHL player, which I’ve listed below.

Awards and achievements
MJHL First All-Star Team (1973)
MJHL Scoring Champion (1973)
Holds the highest career scoring percentage in NHL history for a player playing in at least 700 games.
Played in NHL All-Star Game in 1981 and 1984.
Named to NHL First All-Star Team in 1980 and 1981.
Won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1986.
Named to the Central Hockey League’s Second All-Star Team in 1977.
Named to the American Hockey League’s Second All-Star Team in 1978.
Scored goals in thirteen consecutive games in 1980, the longest such streak since Punch Broadbent’s still unbroken record of sixteen in 1922.


Dave Taylor

HC0021 A nice autograph from Dave Taylor, clearly from the 1,000 point club.  Actually, Dave ended his career with 1,069 points, all with one team, the LA Kings.  Hailing from Lewack, Ontario, Dave was drafted 210th overall, 15th round in the 1975 NHL draft.  I’d say that pick up was likely on the same echelon as a Henrik Zetterberg / Pavel Datsyuk pick up for the Kings.

Dave has carved out quite a nice NHL career for himself, as described above and now serves as the VP of Hockey Operations for the St.Louis Blues who have been great this year.  At the time of this, St.Louis Blues sit tied with Vegas (wuuuutttt???) for tops in the Western Conference.

I don’t know much about Dave Taylor, so I YouTube’d Dave’s name and here is a pretty vicious fight between him and Ray Bourque.  You can tell they actually want to beat the heck out of each other.


Jarret Stoll

HC0006 I’ve met Jarret Stoll while I was in LA a few years back and he’s always been accommodating to fans asking for photographs and autographs and clearly he has no issue with us sending him letters to get things signed as well.  Obviously now that Jarret is retired, it’ll be much harder to meet with him but am glad he’s accessible enough to fan mail.

Jarret started his junior career in the WHL with the Edmonton Ice (they had relocated shortly after to Cranbrook).  He quickly rose the scoring ranks and finished the 2000/01 season with a junior high of 106 points, fourth among the top point getters that season.  Also that year, the team made it to the Eastern Conference finals where they were outsted by the Swift Current Broncos.

After his junior career, Jarret made his way into the NHL via the NHL entry draft where he was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames.  Unfortunately for Calgary, they and Jarret were unable to come to terms and Jarret had then re-entered the draft two years later and was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers.

As most fans of Stoll know, he was eventually traded to the Kings where he earned two Stanley Cup rings with the team and was a pivotal part in the teams success.  See what Jarret did below, during his day with the Cup.

In case you didn’t know, Jarret is married to sportscaster Erin Andrews, whom made her career reporting on football and more recently, being a host on Dancing With the Stars.

Jordan Nolan

HC0003.jpg A nice return from Jordan Nolan, two time Stanley Cup champion. Jordan played a pivotal, depth role within the Kings organization bringing all 6’3 of him towards the net.  While he’ll unlikely ever score more than 20 points in a season, he’s a crash and bang type of player and is an effective one at that. Currently with the Buffalo Sabres, you can count on the fact that is why they decided to pick him up when the LA Kings put him on waivers, earlier this year.

As you may have made the connection, Jordan is the son of former NHL coach Ted Nolan and brother of Brandon Nolan.

I sent a letter to Jordan, now that he plays for the Buffalo Sabres, c/o his house address.  Unforutnately, I didn’t get a chance to write him any particular questions, which I’m moving towards to add additional value to those who read my blog posts.  Are there any questions that you’d like answered by an NHL player?  Leave a comment below!

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.

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!