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Four Prospects Make Team Canada for Juniors

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Brayden Schenn, along with Brandon Kozun, Colten Teubert and Martin Jones, are Kings prospects playing for Canada at the World Juniors.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will have four prospects – forwards Brayden Schenn and Brandon Kozun, defensemen Colten Teubert and goaltender Martin Jones – on Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships, Hockey Canada and the Kings announced today. The four players are the most any NHL club has on the team.

Team Canada’s roster features 22 players. Only four other NHL clubs have multiple prospects on the team (NY Islanders, Nashville, St. Louis and New Jersey all have two). The 2010 World Junior Championships will be held Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan. Canada’s first game will be Dec. 26 against Latvia.

Schenn, 18, was selected by the Kings in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He made his Kings/NHL debut on November 26 at Vancouver after he was signed to a One-Day NHL Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement. He has also played in 31 games this season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), recording 49 points (14-35=49). His 49 points are sixth in the league (second on Brandon), while his 35 assists are tied for second in the WHL (behind Kozun). Schenn also has a plus-18 rating and serves as Brandon’s team captain.

The 6-1, 192-pound center is a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has been a part of two gold medal winning Canadian teams at recent International events. Kozun, 19, was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 33 games this season with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL), recording 63 points (19-44=63). His 63 points and 44 assists lead the WHL, while his 19 goals and plus-14 rating are tops on the Hitmen. Kozun serves as a team captain for the Hitmen.

The 5-8, 155-pound right wing is a native of Los Angeles.

Teubert, 19, was selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 31 games this season with the Regina Pats (WHL), recording 24 points (6-18=24) and 55 penalty minutes. His 24 points, six goals and four power-play goals all lead team defensemen. Teubert serves as Regina’s team captain.

The 6-4, 194-pound defenseman is a native of White Rock, British Columbia. Last year, he was one of two Kings’ prospects (Thomas Hickey) to win a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Juniors as the Kings were the only NHL team to have two defensemen on Team Canada’s roster and one of four NHL teams with two players on the Canadian roster. Teubert is one of six returning Canadian players from last year’s gold medal-winning squad.

Jones, 19, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on October 2, 2008. As a teammate of Kozun in Calgary, Jones has appeared in 20 games, posting a 15-5-0 record with a 2.83 goals-against average, .897 save percentage and one shutout. His 15 wins are tied for sixth in the WHL, while his 2.83 GAA ranks 10th.

The 6-4, 185-pound goaltender is a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Canada has medaled at 11 straight IIHF World Junior Championships including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

The Kings, 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and currently leading the Western Conference, conclude their three-game road trip of Western Canada tomorrow, Thursday, in Calgary with a 6:30 p.m. (PT) contest against the Flames. The game will be broadcast on KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.

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