Worlds: Let's look at some Alec Martinez pictures - LA Kings Insider

Both players would much rather be playing in North America at this moment, but Alec Martinez and Adrian Kempe extended their seasons by choosing to represent their national teams at the World Championship, held in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark through May 20. For Martinez – who lists a founder of Dedham, Massachusetts and a Union Army war hero as his ancestors – it’s the first time he’s ever played for the United States. Kempe, on the other hand, is wearing the Tre Kronor for the first time since totaling seven goals and 16 points over two World Junior Championship tournaments in 2015 and 2016. He’s also played for Sweden at the U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels.

This is the oldest international photo of Kempe available on Getty Images. It’s from a Sweden evaluation camp in the summer of 2014, shortly after he was drafted by the Kings, but before he turned 18 years old:

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There are more pictures available of Martinez, who, like Kempe, has started the tournament off with an unblemished record. The Americans are 3-0-0 after beating Canada 5-4 in a shootout and blanking Denmark and Germany with the type of Keith Kinkaid excellence Kings fans are all too familiar with. There has been a greater willingness in recent years for elite North American players to participate in the World Championship upon the conclusion of their club seasons, though the tournament, which has been held in Europe every year but one since 1962, remains a higher priority for both players and national teams based across the Atlantic. After knocking off Canada in the opener, the United States wore their white jersey while beating the hosts amidst a charged Jyske Bank Boxen atmosphere in Herning:

Alec Martinez, sayin’ somethin’. Via Martin Rose/Getty Images

Through three games, Martinez has been held without a point but leads the United States with an average ice time of 21:15 per game and was matching up against Connor McDavid in the opener. During the 3-0 win over Germany on Monday, he played alongside Connor Murphy as a top pairing for the United States, which also counts Will Butcher, Nick Jensen, Quinn Hughes, Neal Pionk and Jordan Oesterle in its defensive stable. As someone who will turn 31 this summer, Martinez is the oldest player on the team after Carolina center and 31-year-old Derek Ryan.

Kempe, meanwhile, has one assist through two games while averaging 12:02 of ice time. It was a rather attractive assist, too:

-via @kingsgifs

The Swedes are currently playing France in the late game at Royal Arena in Copenhagen. More statistics and coverage of Kempe’s tournament will come as photos and videos are released. Until then, enjoy these Martinez action shots:

Martin Rose/Getty Images

Martin Rose/Getty Images

Martin Rose/Getty Images

Martin Rose/Getty Images

-Lead photo via Martin Rose/Getty Images

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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.