Alex Stalock

Backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper enjoying fresh start with Kings

Kings backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper happy for a fresh start in L.A.

It’s easy to spot Darcy Kuemper in and around the Kings’ dressing room, and that’s not just because he’s a lanky 6-foot-5 goalie.

Kuemper, who is almost always smiling, has an easygoing demeanor that runs counter to someone who gets pelted by pucks daily without seeing much game action. Being a backup goalie is one of the more thankless jobs in sports, and Kuemper’s approach is above reproach.

“He’s a real pleasurable guy,” Kings coach John Stevens said. “He’s in a real positive spot every day he comes to the rink.”

A bumpy ending to his career with the Minnesota Wild and new home with the Kings has a lot to do with it. Kuemper still waited to make his official Kings...

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