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Kings' Adrian Kempe finds inspiration playing alongside his hockey role model, Marian Gaborik

Kings' Adrian Kempe finds inspiration playing alongside his hockey role model, Marian Gaborik

Back when Marian Gaborik was regularly pouring in 40 goals a season as if he was tossing pennies into a fountain, a teenaged Adrian Kempe became a fan.

Kempe singled out Gaborik as his favorite player because of his afterburner skating ability that separated him from defenders. So it was with genuine amusement and self-deprecating humor that Gaborik broke into a grin Wednesday when told that he was Kempe’s hockey role model.

“That’s the first time I hear that story,” Gaborik said. “He’s got such a good talent. He looks good out there. He’s got great style. He reminds me a lot of [Hall of Fame forward Mike] Modano there — his [No.9] jersey flapping around. Hopefully we can...

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