Kings aren't born, they're made.
And in the case of the Los Angeles Kings, they're made in the Queen City: Manchester, New Hampshire.
No matter that they're 3,000 miles apart, the Kings and their primary affiliate, the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs, have discovered a winning formula for player development.
Bolstered by last year's Stanley Cup victory, this year's Kings roster is packed with AHL talent. Nearly every regular on the roster developed in the AHL, more than half coming through the Monarchs.
"We take a lot of pride in the success that our players are having at the NHL level," said Mark Morris, who has been the Monarchs' head coach since 2006. His charges through the years have included 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick, as well as five current L.A. players who were in Manchester just this season alone: Tyler Toffoli, Slava Voynov, Dwight King, Jordan Nolan, and Jake Muzzin.