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THREE KINGS NAMED TO TEAM USA

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown, and defensemen Jack Johnson and Peter Harrold will represent the United States at the 2009 IIHF World Championship tournament, the Kings today announced in conjunction with USA Hockey. The World Championship tournament is scheduled for April 24 – May 10 in Switzerland.

Brown, 24, most recently played for Team USA at the 2008 World Championships, where he tied for second on the club in goals (five), was third in points (nine) and tied for third in assists (four). He has also skated for Team USA at the 2006 World Championships, where he led his club in both goals and assists; at the 2004 World Championships where he won a bronze medal; at the 2003 World Junior Championships; and at the 2002 World Junior Championships where he was the youngest member of the team.

For the Kings this past season, his first as the club’s captain, Brown played in 80 games and finished third on the team with 53 points as he was selected for the NHL All-Star Game for the first time. His 24 goals ranked third on the Kings; his 29 assists ranked third on the Kings; his seven power-play goals ranked tied for third on the Kings; his six game-winning goals ranked first on the Kings; his 285 hits ranked first on the Kings and third in the NHL; and his 292 shots ranked first on the Kings and eighth in the NHL. This past Saturday, he was named the club’s Most Valuable Player (as selected by the local media), the club’s Community Service Award (as selected by the Kings Care Foundation) recipient and the Most Popular Player (as selected by the Kings Booster Club). He is a native of Ithaca, New York.

Johnson, 22, most recently played for Team USA at the 2007 World Championships. He has also skated for Team USA at the 2007 World Junior Championships, where he won a bronze medal; at the 2006 World Junior Championships, where he was named to the All-Tournament team; the 2005 World Junior Under-18 championships, where he earned a gold medal; at the 2005 Five Nations Tournament (U.S. Under-18 Team), where he earned a gold medal; at the 2004 World Junior Under-18 championships, where he earned a silver medal; at the Compuware Four Nations Cups, where he earned a gold medal; and at the 2004 World Junior Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

For the Kings this past season, Johnson played in 41 games and he finished with 11 points (6-5=11) and 46 penalty minutes. His six goals and his three power-play goals both tied for first on the Kings amongst defensemen. He was limited to 41 games after undergoing shoulder surgery in October. He is a native of Indianapolis.

Harrold, 25, has never played for Team USA. For the Kings this past season, Harrold split time as a defenseman and forward while playing in a career-high 69 games. He also this past season set personal-bests in goals (four), assists (eight) and points (12). He is a native of Kirtland Hills, Ohio.

It was announced on Monday that Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will play for Team Canada at the 2009 World Championships.

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