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Three Kings Named to Team USA

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Jack Johnson Team USA
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson, forward Dustin Brown and goaltender Jonathan Quick have been selected for the roster for the U.S. men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, it was announced Friday.


"Our management group has worked hard to put together a group of players that will give us the best chance to win the gold medal in Vancouver and we feel like we've done that," said Brian Burke, general manager of Team USA. "We had some difficult decisions to make, but that's a credit to USA Hockey and depth of the player pool in our country."

Johnson is from Indianapolis and participated in Team USA’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp which took place August 17 – 19, 2009. Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is a member of the management team that helped select the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

“To get this news is an unbelievable feeling and a real dream come true,” said Johnson, who participated in Team USA’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp which took place August 17 – 19, 2009. “I have dreamed of this moment for a long time and being a U.S. Olympian is a true honor.”

Johnson, 22, has never participated in the Olympics before. Internationally he has represented Team USA at the 2009 World Championships (9 GP, 5-2=7, with his five goals leading all defensemen in the tournament and tied for fifth overall while his seven points was tied for fourth most among defensemen in the tournament); the 2007 World Championships (7 GP, 1-1=1); the 2007 World Junior Championships (Bronze medal -- 7 GP, 3-0=3); the 2006 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 1-5=6, as he was a tournament All-Star selection); the 2005 World Junior Under-18 Championships (Gold medal -- 6 GP, 0-2=2, 35 PIM); the 2005 Five Nations Tournament (U.S. Under-18 Team) where he won a gold medal; the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup (U.S. Under-18 Team); the 2004 World Junior Under-18 Championships (Silver medal -- 6 GP, 2-0=2, 18 PIM) and he also skated with Team USA at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

A 6-0, 218-pounder, Johnson this season has 16 points (4-16=20) and 34 penalty minutes in 40 games. His 16 assists and 20 points – in addition to being new career-highs -- both rank second among Kings defensemen while his four goals rank tied for second most on the team among defensemen. He also leads the Kings in shootout goals with four, which leads NHL defensemen and is tied for second overall.

Last season, Johnson tied for first among Kings defensemen with six goals and three power-play goals as he tied his career high with 11 points (6-5=11) in 41 games. He also tied for first among NHL defensemen with three shootout goals (was 3-for-6 = 50 percent) while his three shootout goals tied for first on the team. Johnson missed 41 games last season due to a shoulder injury.

Originally selected by Carolina in the first-round (3rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Johnson never played for the Hurricanes as the Kings acquired him and defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in exchange for Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason on September 29, 2006. In 160 career regular season NHL games, all with the Kings, Johnson has 38 points (13-25=38) and 174 penalty minutes.

Dustin Brown Team USA
Brown is from Ithaca, New York, and participated in Team USA’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp which took place August 17 – 19, 2009. Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is a member of the management team that helped select the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

“This could be a once-in-a-lifetime shot and any time you get the chance to play in the Olympics and to represent your country it is a huge honor,” said Brown, who participated in Team USA’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp which took place August 17 – 19, 2009. “I got the call this morning and needless to say it is a dream come true and an experience I am really looking forward to.”

Brown, 25, has never participated in the Olympics before. Internationally he most recently represented Team USA at the 2009 World Championships (9 GP, 3-5=8, with his eight points second on the team and his three goals tied for third on the club while being named one of Team USA’s Three Best Players as determined by tournament coaches and serving as one of Team USA’s captains as team captains rotated throughout the tournament).

He has also played for the United States at the 2008 World Championships (7 GP, 5-4=9, finishing tied for second on the club in goals, third in points and tied for third in assists); the 2006 World Championships (7 GP, 5-2=7, where he led the club in goals and points) and the 2004 World Championships (Bronze medal -- 9 GP, 1-3=4). He has also represented the U.S. at the 2003 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 2-2=4, as he was the youngest member of the team) and at the 2002 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 1-3=4).

A 6-0, 208-pound right wing, Brown this season has 28 points (9-19=28) and 14 penalty minutes in 41 games. His 19 assists lead the team and his 28 points rank second. His 143 hits leads the Kings and rank third in the NHL.

Last season, Brown was an All-Star for the first time, a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award in recognition of his services in the community, and he was selected as the Kings MVP (Bill Libby Memorial Award), Most Popular Player and recipient of the Kings Community Service Award as he recorded 53 points (24-29=53) and 64 penalty minutes in 80 games. He also ranked third in the NHL (and led the Kings) with 285 hits and he donates $50 for every hit to KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America ($14,250 total donated last season).

Brown was named the 15th captain in Kings history on October 8, 2008. He is the youngest player to wear the “C” in Kings history and he is also the only American-born captain in team history.

Selected by the Kings in the first-round (13th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Brown has played his entire six-year NHL career with the Kings. In 390 career regular season games, Brown has 220 points (98-122=220) and 283 penalty minutes.

Quick is from Milford, Connecticut, and is one of three goaltenders selected for the club. He participated in Team USA’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp which took place August 17 – 19, 2009. Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is a member of the management team that helped select the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

“It is real exciting as it is something you dream about growing up,” said Quick, who participated in Team USA’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp which took place August 17 – 19, 2009. “It is such a unique opportunity as you play with the best from your country against the best in the world. I am looking forward to it but I still have a job to do over the next six weeks so I will be taking things one day at a time.”

Jonathan Quick Team USA
Quick, 23, has never participated in the Olympics before. He has also never played for Team USA in international competition before. In August of 2005, he was invited to attend the U.S. Men’s Junior Evaluation Camp, also known as the Summer Challenge.

A 6-1, 223-pounder, Quick this season is in the midst of his first full NHL campaign. In 37 games, he is 21-13-3 with a 2.62 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage. Among all NHL goalies, Quick is tied for fifth in wins; tied for first in games played; ninth in saves (910) and tied first in shoot-out wins (five).

Last season, Quick ranked third among NHL rookie goaltenders with 21 wins, a 2.48 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and four shutouts in 44 games with the Kings. His 21 wins were the third most ever by a Kings rookie goaltender and his four shutouts tied a Kings rookie season-season record. He was also 4-1 in shootouts (10-for-14, 71 percent).

Quick last year started 22 of the final 27 Kings games and 41 of the final 50 after being recalled from Manchester (American Hockey League) on December 16, 2008. With the Monarchs, he was 6-5-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 14 appearances.

Selected by the Kings in the third-round (72nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Quick has played parts of three NHL seasons with the Kings. In 84 career regular season games, Quick has a 44-33-5 record, a 2.58 goals-against-average, a .908 save percentage and four shutouts.

Earlier this week Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (Canada) and Michal Handzus (Slovakia) were announced by their respective countries as being on their country’s roster.

For a historical look at the Kings and the Olympics, visit LAKings.com/olympics. The men’s ice hockey competition will begin on February 16 and conclude with the gold-medal game on February 28.
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