Schenn vs. Kitsyn for World Juniors gold - LA Kings Insider

Many of you probably caught the results of yesterday’s World Junior Championship semifinals, but in case you didn’t, Russia and Canada won and will meet in Wednesday’s gold-medal game. The game will be a matchup of Kings prospects, with Canada’s Brayden Schenn facing Russia’s Maxim Kitsyn. Schenn (pictured) leads the tournament in points, with seven goals and nine assists in six games. Kitsyn is second on Russia in points, with four goals and four assists in six games. The United States, with Kings prospect Derek Forbort, will play Sweden for the bronze medal.

As a side note on Kitsyn, following up on an item from a few days ago, TSN reported that Kitsyn will indeed transfer to the OHL after the World Juniors. That’s out of the Kings’ hands, but they would definitely see that as a positive. A further positive? Kitsyn’s presumptive team, Mississauga St. Michael’s, is hosting the Memorial Cup this season, so Kitsyn would get a chance to play on that stage as well.

Eleven of the Kings’ current players have World Juniors experience (in addition to several current prospects). How did they fare? Find out below…

Jonathan Bernier — Canada — 2008 (won gold medal)
Dustin Brown — USA — 2002 (won fifth-place game), 2003 (lost bronze-medal game)
Drew Doughty — Canada — 2008 (won gold medal)
Matt Greene — USA — 2003 (lost bronze-medal game)
Michal Handzus — Slovakia — 1996 (finished seventh), 1997 (finished sixth)
Jack Johnson — USA — 2006 (lost bronze-medal game), 2007 (won bronze medal)
Trevor Lewis — USA — 2007 (won bronze medal)
Wayne Simmonds — Canada — 2008 (won gold medal)
Ryan Smyth — Canada — 1995 (won gold medal)
Jarret Stoll — Canada — 2001 (won bronze medal), 2002 (won silver medal)
Marco Sturm — Germany — 1995 (finished seventh), 1996 (finished eighth)

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.