SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – Los Angeles Kings prospects Colten Teubert (defenseman), Brayden Schenn (forward), Brandon Kozun
(forward) and Martin Jones
(goaltender) each earned a silver medal as they helped Team Canada reach the finals of the World Junior Championships in Saskatoon.
Team Canada, which went 5-1 in the prestigious tournament, faced Team USA in the gold medal game tonight. The Canadians overcame a late two-goal deficit to force overtime, but the Americans scored the game-winner 4:31 into the extra session.
Teubert, an alternate captain for Team Canada, recorded one point (0-1=1), zero penalty minutes, a plus-5 rating and five shots on goal in six tournament games. It was Teubert’s second straight medal, as he was a member of last year’s gold-medal winning squad (which also featured Kings prospect Thomas Hickey). Teubert was selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Schenn recorded eight points (2-6=8), four penalty minutes, a plus-8 rating and 16 shots on goal in six games. His six assists tied for third on the team. Schenn was selected by the Kings in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Kozun recorded seven points (3-4=7), zero penalty minutes, a plus-6 rating and 15 shots on goal in six games. He scored the game-deciding shootout goal Dec. 31 vs. Team USA, which gave Canada a bye in the Quarterfinals and automatic advancement to the Semifinals. Kozun was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (179th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Jones appeared in two games, posting a 1-1-0 record, 2.30 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. He beat Team Slovakia Dec. 29, stopping 25 of 27 shots. Jones was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on October 2, 2008.
Team Canada’s roster featured 22 players this year. The four Kings prospects playing on the team were the most from any NHL club. Only four other NHL clubs had multiple prospects on the team (NY Islanders, Nashville, St. Louis and New Jersey each had two).
Other current Kings who have won medals at the World Junior Championships: Drew Doughty (gold medal for Canada in 2008), Alexander Frolov (gold medal for Russia in 2002), Jack Johnson (bronze medal for USA in 2007), Oscar Moller (silver medal for Sweden in 2009 and 2008), Wayne Simmonds (gold medal for Canada in 2008), Ryan Smyth (gold medal for Canada in 1995) and Jarret Stoll (bronze medal for Canada in 2001 and silver medal for Canada in 2002).