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Kings To Participate In 2016 World Cup

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The following Los Angeles Kings players were today named as participants for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 -- the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016 -- in Toronto:



Anze Kopitar (Team Europe)

Jonathan Quick
(Team USA)

Jeff Carter
and Drew Doughty (Team Canada)

The announcements came from the National Hockey League and the National Hockey Leagues Players’ Association.

In addition, Kings trainers Darren Granger (Canada) and Chris Kingsley (U.S.) will be on the bench for each of their respective countries.  Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is the General Manager for the U.S. Team and Rob Blake, the Kings Vice President and Assistant General Manager, is part of Team Canada’s management team.

The following is a look at each player’s International Resume to date:


Kopitar:

INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Played for Team Slovenia at the following tournaments: Olympics (2014, 5 GP, 2-1=3, plus-4)...World Championships (2015, 7 GP, 1-3=4), (2008, 5 GP, 3-1=4), (2007 Division 1, 5 GP, 1-13=14, plus-9), (2006, 6 GP, 3-6=9), (2005, 6 GP, 1-0=1)…World Junior Championships (2006 Division 1, 5 GP, 5-1=6), (2005 Division 1, 5 GP 10-3=13, plus-8), (2004 Division 1, 5 GP, 1-1=2)…World U18 Championships (2005 Division 1, 5 GP, 6-5=11), (2004 Division 1, 5 GP, 6-2=8), (2003 Division 1, 5GP, 2-1=3).


Quick:

INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Played for Team USA at the following tournament: Olympics (2014, 5 GP, 2-2-0, .923 SV%, 2.17 GAA) (2010, DNP, silver medal).


Carter:

INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Played for Team Canada at the following tournaments: Olympics (2014, 6 GP, 3-2=5, gold medal)…World Championships (2006, 9 GP, 4-2=6)…World Junior Championships (2005, 6 GP, 7-3=10, gold medal), (2004, 6 GP, 5-2=7, silver medal), named a tournament All-Star in both 2004 and 2005, his 12 goals combined in 2004 and 2005 tied Eric Lindros (later tied by John Tavares) for Canada’s all-time record at the WJC…World U18 Championships (2003, 7 GP, 2-4=6, gold medal).


Doughty:

INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Played for Team Canada at the following tournaments: Olympics (2014, 6 GP, 4-2=6, plus-4, gold medal), (2010, 7 GP, 0-2=2, plus-6, gold medal)…World Championships (2009, 9 GP, 1-6=7, plus-5, silver medal)…World Junior Championships (2008, 7 GP, 0-4=4, gold medal, Top Defenseman of tournament)…World U18 Championships (2007, 6 GP, 2-3=5)…Other (2007 Super Series, 8 GP, 0-2=2), (2006 World U17 Hockey Challenge), (2006 Ivan Hlinka Tournament, gold medal).

Jerseys for World Cup of Hockey


The Kings return to STAPLES Center tomorrow, Thursday, against Montreal to begin a five-game homestand.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. with coverage on FOX Sports West and KABC Radio beginning at 7 p.m.


World Cup of Hockey 2016:

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 is a joint effort of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America, a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

                  The top two finishers in each of Group A and Group B will advance to the Semifinals (Sept. 24-25), where each qualifier will face an elimination game against a team from the other Group. The two Semifinal winners will meet in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.

                  Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and ESPN in the United States. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

                  For more information on the World Cup of Hockey 2016, visit www.wch2016.com. #WCH2016The Kings return to STAPLES Center tomorrow, Thursday, against Montreal to begin a five-game homestand.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. with coverage on FOX Sports West and KABC Radio beginning at 7 p.m.

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