World Cup: Canada tabs Blake; Lombardi USA's GM? - LA Kings Insider

Hockey Canada announced Monday that Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake will serve as an assistant to Hockey Canada general manager Doug Armstrong (St. Louis GM) for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played in Toronto between September 17 and October 1, 2016. Other assistants under Armstrong include Marc Bergevin (Montreal GM), Ken Holland (Detroit GM), Bob Murray (Anaheim GM) and Scott Salmond (Hockey Canada VP of hockey operations and national teams).

Blake, a 2014 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, previously served in international management capacities as Canada’s general manager at the 2014 World Championships and assistant general manager at the 2011 World Championship. He won gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 1994 and 1997 World Championship.

Blake’s appointment continues to underscore the respect generated by the figure who Dean Lombardi said is “going to be a star someday” in an executive position.

Meanwhile, speaking of Lombardi…

Management teams will now set out to fill out coaching staffs.

John Hoven, meanwhile, believes Todd Richards will get a look to lead the United States. Fresh off leading an underdog American squad to a bronze medal at the World Championship this year, his appointment seems to be a good bet.

The tournament, won in 1996 by the United States and 2004 by Canada, will return in 2016 with a modified format. In addition to the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden’s participation, a “Team Europe” comprised of players from European countries outside of participating nations and an under-23 American and Canadian collection of “North American Youngstars” will also participate in the tournament, which is scheduled to be held once every four years. Via Hockey Canada’s release today, the NHL and NHLPA will jointly name the management groups that will select players for the hybrid teams. North American players 23 and under will be available exclusively to the Youngstars team.

All teams will be comprised of 20 skaters and three goalies; teams must announce at least 16 members of the team, including at least two goalies, by March 1, 2016. The remaining roster spots will be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.