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Joining the Kings is 'Surreal' for LA-Native Trevor Moore

Get to know the LA Kings' newly acquired forward, who grew up a Kings fan

by Robyn Dutton @dutts_10 /

A trade that sent Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford to the Toronto Maple Leafs also brought Trevor Moore home. 

On Wednesday, Moore was sitting in his stall after the Maple Leafs' loss against the New York Rangers when he was called into the team office and notified he had been traded, along with two third-round draft picks.

The Thousand Oaks native's initial shock wore off as he came to realize he would be joining the LA Kings and would have the opportunity to play in front of his hometown crowd.

"I'm looking forward to it," Moore said. "I was a Kings fan, for sure. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't special, for sure. It's the team that I grew up watching, we had season seats, where I got my love of the game. To put this practice jersey on here today, to be a part of this, it's surreal, it's awesome."

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: Trevor Moore, Anze Kopitar chat during the #LAKings��� morning skate in Brooklyn

Moore, who is in his first year of a two-year contract, will tell you that he hopes to bring speed, competitiveness, and tenacity to the lineup.

"A younger guy, he's going to have a lot of energy," Kings General Manager Rob Blake said. "Played a specific role there with Toronto. He'll add you some speed. I think a big thing in a lot of his reports is his competitive nature, the way he competes."

He is no stranger to winning championships either, having brought home both the NCAA and Calder Cup championships with University of Denver and the Toronto Marlies respectively.

While at University of Denver, he was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team, NCAA Second All-American Team and NCHC Forward of the Year in his second year.

In 2016, he decided to forego his final year of eligibility and signed as a free agent with the Maple Leafs organization. In his first year with the club, he helped lead the Toronto Marlies to their first Calder Cup championship.

When Scott Wheeler, writer for The Athletic, spoke to Jesse Cohen, he compared Moore's stature and play to that of Blake Lizotte. 

"They can expect a player who is always working - he just never stops, he's a constant presence on the forecheck. He was probably the most impressive backchecker on the Leafs." Wheeler said.

Athough he's not likely to put up a lot of points, the 5'10" left winger is strong on his skates, plays a hard game, and isn't the type of player that gets pushed around.

"He's now really quick, he plays fast and that allows him to track the play back," Wheeler said. "He can hold his own along the boards."

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: A quick look at Moore, quotes from our previous chat, some data and trade analysis and initial sting of losing good people like Cliffy and Jack. More to come Thursday from Brooklyn.

Now that he's joined up the team in New York, Moore not only has to get to know his new teammates and systems, but he also has some shopping to do. 

"I left and I realized I didn't have my suitcase, it was still on the bus," Moore said. "They sent my suitcase to the hotel, but it was someone else's suitcase."

Hopefully the remainder of the road trip goes a little more smoothly for Moore, who will make his first Kings appearance donning number 12.

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