Six Kings players have been representing their respective countries in Prague for the IIHF 2015 World Championship Tournament. Some have advanced to elimination playoff-like scenarios, whereas some are returning back to their summer abodes.
Anze Kopitar represented Slovenia, Marian Gaborik Slovakia, Trevor Lewis USA, and Tyler Toffoli, Jake Muzzin, Martin Jones, Canada. Kopitar’s Slovenia and Gaborik’s Slovakia were eliminated following round-robin play, USA and Canada will move on to the quarterfinals of the elimination round.
7 GP – 1G, 3A
Kopitar rejoined his Slovenia squad just over a year after they made a splash and opened eyes around the hockey world with their surprisingly solid performance during the 2015 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Unfortunately, things did not go as well for the Slovenians in Prague, finishing with a 1-0-0-6 record – 8th place in Group B, and 16th place overall. Slovenia’s only win in the tournament came in their final game – a 1-0 victory over Denmark.
Due to their last-place finish in Group B, Slovenia will not be eligible to play in the IIHF 2016 World Championship Tournament next year in Russia.
Anze Kopitar finished the tournament with only one goal to his name; Kopitar beat Russia’s Konstantin Barulin in Slovenia’s 5-3 loss in what was their second game of the tournament.
7 GP – 4G, 2A
Marian Gaborik fared a little better with his home country; Slovakia notched three wins, but only one in regulation time. Slovakia finished the tournament with a 1-2-2-2 mark, good for 5th place in Group B, and 9th place overall.
Gaborik slayed Anze Kopitar's club, potting two goals in Slovakia's 3-1 win over Slovenia. His six points scored (4G, 2A) tied him for Slovakia's team-lead with Vladimir Dravecky.
Although eliminated from bracket play, Slovakia will be eligible for next year’s tournament.
7 GP – 2G, 6A
Quite possibly the most surprising performance coming from Kings players in the IIHF 2015 World Championship Tournament is Trevor Lewis, who’s been a force on the Americans’ first line throughout – second on the roster with eight points scored (2G, 6A).
With Lewis’ help, Team USA finished round-robin play with a 5-1-0-1 record, their only loss in the tournament coming against Belarus. The Americans will play Switzerland on Thursday in the Quarterfinals; Switzerland finished the preliminary round with a 2-0-4-1 record.
"Everyone in our room knows that we can win gold if we play the way we know how, and we just have to play a full 60 minutes instead of having those lapses," Lewis said prior to Thursday's elimination game. "We're excited and we're ready to get this thing going."
JONES: 2 GP – 2-0-0-0, .921 SV%, 1.5 GAA
MUZZIN: 7 GP – 5A
TOFFOLI: 7 GP – 2G, 3A
Team Canada roster consists of three players from the Kings: Martin Jones, Jake Muzzin, and Tyler Toffoli. Canada was the only team in the tournament to go undefeated through round-robin play; they finished with a perfect 7-0-0-0 record, winning all of their games in regulation time.
Both Jake Muzzin (5A) and Tyler Toffoli (2G, 3A) finished round-robin play scoring five points apiece. Martin Jones made two starts, posting two wins, stopping 35 of the 38 shots he faced, chiming in with a .921 SV% and a 1.5 GAA.
Canada will play Belarus in the Quarterfinals on Thursday; Belarus finished round-robin play with a 4-0-2-1 record.
Team USA will play Switzerland at 7:15 AM PST on Thursday.
Team Canada will play Belarus at 8:15 AM PST on Thursday.