While the Los Angeles Kings have landed in St. Louis preparing for their opening-round matchup against the Blues, there is still the regular season to look back and for the silver-and-black, quite a bit to feel good about.
Once the regular season came to a closer on Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings were awarded various honours as chosen by the media, the players, the Kings Care Foundation and the Los Angeles Kings Booster Club.
As voted by the media, Jeff Carter was named the Most Valuable Player as he was given the Bill Libby Memorial Award for his honour. The Mark Bavis Memorial Award for Best Newcomer went to defenseman Jake Muzzin, Outstanding Defenseman honours went to Drew Doughty while Anze Kopitar was named Best Defensive Player.
Among the players, defenseman Matt Greene was given the Ace Bailey Memorial Award for Most Inspirational Player while Trevor Lewis received Unsung Hero honours.
The Kings Care Foundation handed out their annual Community Service Award which was awarded to its 2013 recipient, goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Kings Booster Club also voted for their favourites. Anze Kopitar was chosen as Leading Scorer while Most Popular Player honours went to captain Dustin Brown.
Finally, the Kings established the McDonald’s Player of the Month Award this year. The award was given to Jeff Carter in February, Anze Kopitar in March and Justin Williams in April.
Overall, not a bad way to cap off the regular season. And now it’s on to the real season: the Stanley Cup playoffs where the Kings begin their championship defense.