LOS ANGELES –
Los Angeles Kings prospect defenseman Derek Forbort
has been named to Team USA’s roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships, USA Hockey and the Kings announced today. The prestigious tournament is slated to take place in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y., from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.
Team USA’s roster features 22 players and includes eight players from the team that beat Canada 6-5 in overtime in last year’s tournament final. The Americans begin their title defense against Finland on Dec. 26 in Buffalo.
The Kings’ first-round choice (15th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Forbort is a 6-5, 198-pound native of Duluth, Minnesota. He currently is a student-athlete at the University of North Dakota, where in 15 games he has nine points (all assists) and six penalty minutes. In 2008-09 and 2009-10 he played for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, and he earned a gold medal for Team USA at 2010 World U18 Championships (plus-9 in 7 GP).
Brayden Schenn, who played in eight games for the Kings this season and is currently playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, will play for Team Canada and prospect Linden Vey
participated in Canada’s National Junior Team’s selection camp.
Other current Kings to participate in the World Junior Championships:
- Jonathan Bernier (Team Canada, 2008)
- Dustin Brown (Team USA, 2002 and 2003)
- Drew Doughty (Team Canada, 2008)
- Matt Greene (Team USA, 2003)
- Michal Handzus (Team Slovakia, 1996 and 1997)
- Jack Johnson (Team USA, 2006 and 2007
- Anze Kopitar (Team Slovenia 2004, 2005 and 2006, Division I)
- Trevor Lewis (Team USA, 2007)
- Wayne Simmonds (Team Canada, 2008)
- Ryan Smyth (Team Canada, 1995)
- Jarret Stoll (Team Canada, 2001 and 2002)
- Marco Sturm (Team Germany, 1994 and 1995)
The Kings (19-12-1) begin a two-game homestand tomorrow when they host Edmonton at 7:30 p.m. The Kings then host the Ducks on Sunday at 6 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on FS West, KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.
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