International update; catching up with KingsVision - LA Kings Insider

With the World Championship having ended with a Canadian gold, a Russian silver and an American bronze, the IIHF Men’s World Rankings have been updated, and the 2018 Men’s Olympic Tournament pools have begun to take shape.

It has not yet been decided whether the NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will work out an agreement that will again allow NHL players to participate in the Olympics, which has happened in five consecutive Winter Olympic Games dating back to 1998. The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

With the third place finish at the World Championship, the United States Men’s National Team has moved up one slot to fifth overall in the world, trailing Canada, Russia, Sweden and Finland. Because teams are placed into three groups in the Olympics by virtue of a serpentine placement based on world rankings, the United States will be in a pool with Russia, Slovakia, and a to-be-determined qualifier at the 2018 Games. Canada will be in a group with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea, while Sweden and Finland will be joined by two qualifiers in the group stage. Final Olympic qualification tournaments held in Belarus, Latvia and Norway will determine the three qualifiers and will begin in September, 2016. Slovenia (along with Denmark and a pre-qualifier) will travel to Belarus to attempt to gain entry into the 2018 Games.

The groups for the 2016 World Championship were also established. The event, hosted next May in Russia, will feature the United States traveling to St. Petersburg for Group A games against Canada, Finland, Slovakia, Belarus, France, Germany and Hungary. Group B games, which will take part in Moscow, will feature Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, here are several highlights from recent Monarchs and World Championship games that you might have missed, courtesy of KingsVision:

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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.