Several Kings headed to World Championships - LA Kings Insider

Constructing a roster for the World Championships isn’t particularly easy. It consists of asking players whose NHL seasons are still immediately in the rearview mirror to put off rest and recuperation for an additional six weeks to train and represent their country in a tournament that takes a backseat to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and isn’t as widely followed as Olympic hockey or the World Junior Championships.

But with the Kings’ season over, several players who wouldn’t have been available had the Kings advanced on a playoff run will have an opportunity to represent their country at the tournament that will be held in Prague and Ostrava in the Czech Republic between May 1-17.

For Team USA, Dean Lombardi, as expected, will be a part of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, which helps construct the roster. During Sunday’s meeting with reporters, Lombardi hinted that he would have a role in the construction of the team. Though Olympic veteran Dustin Brown isn’t likely to accept an invitation to play in the tournament, Trevor Lewis was one of the first 15 players named to the team, as announced by USA Hockey earlier today. Other NHL-based players named to the United States’ preliminary roster include Marc Arcobello (Arizona Coyotes), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs), Matt Hendricks (Edmonton Oilers), Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), John Moore (Arizona Coyotes), Jeremy Morin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Ben Smith (San Jose Sharks). Highly touted 21-year-old University of Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly, who will ultimately be making a decision whether to join Columbus or sign with another NHL team as a free agent, will also play for Team USA.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill, who also serves as the general manager for Canada’s World Championships team – a position held by Kings Assistant General Manager Rob Blake last spring – confirmed to LA Times reporter Lisa Dillman that Tyler Toffoli, Jake Muzzin and Martin Jones will be a part of Canada’s team.

Anze Kopitar also confirmed to reporters yesterday that he’ll play for Slovenia at the upcoming tournament. Slovenia’s national team is coached by his father, Matjaz.

At this point, there is no word on whether Marian Gaborik and Andrej Sekera would represent Slovakia at the tournament.

UPDATE, 1:45 P.M.

Vidime sa na MS v Ostrave! #Slovensko #DrzteNamPalceVsetci

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Gaborik’s Instagram comment, translated into English from Slovak on Google Translate, reads: “See you at the World Championships in Ostrava! #Slovakia #KeepYourFingersCrossedEverybody

Group A, based in Prague, consists of Sweden, Canada, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, France, Germany and Austria. Group B, based in Ostrava, consists of Finland, Russia, the United States, Slovakia, Norway, Belarus, Slovenia and Denmark. Canada opens up against Latvia on May 1, the same date that the United States opens against Finland. Slovenia opens the tournament the following day against Belarus, the same day Slovakia faces Denmark. Russia won the tournament in 2014.

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.