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BROWN, O'SULLIVAN NAMED TO U.S. TEAM

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan will represent the United States at the 2008 World Championship tournament, the Kings announced Wednesday in conjunction with USA Hockey. The World Championship is scheduled for May 2-18 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Quebec City, Quebec.

Brown, 23, most recently played for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship where he led his club in both goals and assists. He has also skated for Team USA at the 2004 World Championship where he won a bronze medal; at the 2003 World Junior Championship where he won a gold medal; and at the 2002 World Junior Championship where he was the youngest member of the team.

For the Kings this past season, Brown played in 78 games and led the Kings in goals with 33. He also finished third in points (60), tied for sixth in assists (27), tied for first in power-play goals (12) and second in game-winning goals (four). Brown also led the NHL in hits with 311, and this past Saturday he was named the club’s Most Inspirational Player/Ace Bailey Memorial Award (as voted by his teammates) and the Most Popular Player (as selected by the Kings Booster Club). He was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (13th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and is a native of Ithaca, NY.

O’Sullivan, 23, most recently played for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship. He has also skated for Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Championship; at the 2004 World Junior Championship, where he scored two goals – including the game-winner – in Team USA’s victory over Canada in the gold medal game; and at the 2003 World Junior Championship. In 2002, he skated for Team USA at the under-18 World Junior Championship, where he had 15 points (7-8=15) in eight games.

For the Kings this past season, O’Sullivan played in all 82 games and finished fourth on the team in points (53). He also finished fourth in goals (22), fourth in assists (31), and tied for first in short-handed goals (three). O’Sullivan also led the Kings in shots (220), and this past Saturday he was named the club’s Best Defensive Player (as voted by the local media). He was originally acquired by the Kings from Minnesota on June 24, 2006, and is a native of Winston-Salem, NC.
   
Among the 17 players named are three of the top-10 rookie point getters in the National Hockey League, including forwards Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks/1st, 21-51-82) and Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn./Phoenix Coyotes/4th, 22-32-54) and defenseman Tom Gilbert (Minneapolis, Minn./Edmonton Oilers/10th, 13-20-33).
   
"This is an exciting group of players that has great potential," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "Our National Team Advisory Group has worked hard to put together a team that will put us in position to be successful in the World Championship."
   
Team USA’s roster features nine players who have previously played in the IIHF World Championship. The group includes defensemen Keith Ballard (Baudette, Minn./Phoenix Coyotes/2004, 2007) and Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./Edmonton Oilers/2007); forwards David Backes (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Blues/2007), Brown (Ithaca, N.Y./Los Angeles Kings/2006, 2004), Jeff Halpern (Potomac, Md./Tampa Bay Lightning/2005, 2004, 2000-01),  O’Sullivan (Winston Salem, N.C./Los Angeles Kings/2006), Drew Stafford (Milwaukee, Wis./Buffalo Sabres/2006), Lee Stempniak (West Seneca, N.Y./St. Louis Blues/2007); and goaltender Craig Anderson (Park Ridge, Ill./Florida Panthers/2006)
   
In addition, 14 of the 17 players are 25 years old or younger, including defensemen Ballard, Greene, Gilbert and James Wisniewski (Canton, Mich./Chicago Blackhawks); forwards Backes, David Booth (Detroit, Mich./Florida Panthers), Brown, Dustin Byfuglien (Minneapolis, Minn./Chicago Blackhawks), Kane, Mueller, O’Sullivan, Jason Pominville (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Sabres), Stafford and Stempniak.
   
Rounding out the first group of players named to the U.S. roster is Paul Gaustad (Fargo, N.D./Buffalo Sabres).
   
Team USA will play a pre-tournament game against Sweden at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, on April 27 at 7 p.m. EDT before beginning competition in the IIHF World Championship on May 2 at 6:15 p.m. EDT against Latvia. The United States will play two additional preliminary-round games against Slovenia (May 4) and Canada (May 6) before the qualification round begins.
   
NOTES: The average age of the first 17 players named to Team USA is 23.9 years old ... The 2008 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of Jim Johannson and a four-member advisory group, including NHL general managers Brian Burke (Anahiem), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Don Waddell (Atlanta). Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and its international council chair, oversees all aspects of international competition for USA Hockey ... Team USA will conduct a training camp from April 24-30 in Portland, Maine, including a pre-tournament game against Sweden on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. (EDT) at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets for that game can be acquired by visiting www.theciviccenter.com ... John Tortorella, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was named head coach of the 2008 U.S. Men’s National Team on March 28. Mike Sullivan, assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Kurt Kleinendorst, head coach of the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League, will serve as assistant coaches for Team USA.

Team USA 2008 IIHF World Championship Sechedule
May 2-18 * Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City, Quebec
Date Opponent Arena Time (Local/EDT)
April 27 Sweden* Cumberland County Civic Center 7 p.m.
April 27 Sweden* Cumberland County Civic Center 7 p.m.
April 27 Sweden* Cumberland County Civic Center 7 p.m.
May 2 Latvia Halifax Metro Centre 7:15 p.m./6:15 p.m.
May 4 Slovenia Halifax Metro Centre 7:15 p.m./6:15 p.m.
May 6 Canada Halifax Metro Centre 3 p.m./2 p.m.
May 8-12 Qualification Round Halifax Metro Centre TBD
May 14 Quarterfinal Round TBD TBD
May 16 Semifinal Round Colisée Pepsi 1 p.m.
May 17 Bronze-Medal Game Colisée Pepsi 3 p.m.
May 18 Gold-Medal Game Colisée Pepsi 1 p.m.
 
Arena Locations: Cumberland County Civic Center (Portland, Maine); Halifax Metro Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia); Colisée Pepsi (Quebec City, Quebec)
*- pre-tournament game

Author: NHL .com

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