Defensemen Thomas Hickey
and Colten Teubert were both selected by Team Canada to represent their country at the upcoming 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships, held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Ottawa. Hickey, one of four returnees from last year’s gold medal squad, has also been named Canada’s team captain. The Kings are one of four teams to have multiple prospects on Team Canada (along with Tampa Bay, Buffalo and St. Louis) and the only team to have multiple defensemen on the roster.
In addition, defensemen Viatcheslav Voynov has been selected to play for Russia's team. The Kings are also slated to release center Oscar Moller to play for his native Sweden in the tourney.
Hickey is currently in his fourth full season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. In 2007-08 he finished his third season with Seattle, recording 45 points (11-34=45), 49 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating in 63 regular season games. His 45 points was tied for 10th among WHL defensemen, while he led all Seattle blue-liners in goals, assists and points. He was named a WHL First-Team All-Star and appeared in nine playoff games for Seattle, recording 10 points (1-9=10) and four penalty minutes. His 10 postseason points were tied for second on the team (with Bud Holloway). Hickey was a member of Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships held in the Czech Republic. He recorded one point (0-1=1), four penalty minutes and had a plus-4 rating in seven games, helping Team Canada win the gold medal. Hickey was selected by the Kings in the first round (4th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Teubert is currently in his fourth season with the Regina Pats of the WHL. In 2007-08 he finished his third season with Regina, recording 23 points (7-16=23) and 135 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games. His 23 points ranked third among Regina defensemen. He also appeared in six playoff games for Regina, recording five points (1-4=5) and six penalty minutes. Teubert was an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Under-18 Championships held in Russia where he recorded one point (0-1=1), 30 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating in seven games, helping Team Canada win the gold medal. His plus-8 rating tied for first amongst all players at the tournament, while his 30 penalty minutes were ninth most. Teubert also represented Canada at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August 2007. He was selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Voynov is currently playing with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. In 2007-08 he recorded four points (1-3=4), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 36 games with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Russian Hockey League. He was a member of Team Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championships held in the Czech Republic, where he recorded one point (0-1=1) in seven games, helping Team Russia win the bronze medal. Voynov also represented Team Russia at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships held in Russia, where he recorded five points (1-4=5) and two penalty minutes in six games, helping Team Russia win the silver medal. His five points tied for the team lead among defensemen. He was selected by the Kings in the second round (32nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Moller, currently in his first NHL season, spent last season with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL. In 2007-08 he finished his second season with Chilliwack, recording 83 points (39-44=83) and 42 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. His 39 goals was seventh in the WHL, while his 82 points was tied for 10th in the league. Moller was tied for fourth in the WHL with 16 power-play goals and tied for fifth with 28 power-play assists. He was named a WHL First-Team All-Star, the only European player recognized by the WHL in either All-Star selections or award nominations. Moller made his professional debut in the playoffs for Manchester last season, recording one point (0-1=1) in two games. He was a member of Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships held in the Czech Republic, where he recorded five points (3-2=5) and a plus-3 rating in six games, helping Team Sweden win the silver medal. He was selected by the Kings in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.