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THREE KINGS PROSPECTS TO REPRESENT U.S. IN WORLD JUNIORS

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MANCHESTER, NH – Los Angeles Kings prospects Jack Johnson (defenseman), Trevor Lewis (center) and Jeff Zatkoff (goaltender) have been selected to represent the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament, the Kings announced in conjunction with USA Hockey, Inc. With three players selected to the U.S.'s 22-man roster, the Kings had the most players named of any other NHL club.


The roster, which is comprised of the best American players under the age of 20, will compete in Leksand and Mora, Sweden, from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, 2007.

Johnson, 19, is a returning member of the U.S. National Junior Team. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Indianapolis, Indiana, was an all-star selection at the 2006 World Junior Championship where his six points (1-5=6) in seven games helped the U.S. to a fourth place finish. In addition, Johnson has earned gold medals with Team USA at the 2005 World Under-18 Championship, the 2005 Five Nations Tournament (U.S. Under-18 Team) and the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup (U.S. Under-18 Team).

A sophomore at the University of Michigan, Johnson leads all club defensemen in goals (six), assists (seven) and points (13), and he is tied for second on the team with a plus-10 rating this season. Acquired by the Kings along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky from Carolina for Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason on September 29, Johnson was the third overall pick (behind Sidney Crosby and Bobby Ryan) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Lewis, 19, will represent the U.S. for the first time. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound native of Salt Lake City, Utah, is in his first season with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League where he ranks second on his club with 15 goals and 39 points (15-24=39) in 29 games this season. His 39 points also rank fourth overall in the OHL among rookies. The Kings selected Lewis in the first-round (17th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Zatkoff, 19, will represent the U.S. for the first time. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of Detroit, Michigan, has a record of a 9-3-0, a goals-against-average of 2.26 and a save-percentage of .919 in 12 games with Miami University (Ohio) of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association this season. Selected by the Kings in the third-round (74th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Zatkoff, a sophomore, has a career record of 23-8-1 at the school.

On Monday, Kings prospect Jonathan Bernier (goaltender) was named to the camp roster of 38 players for Canada's World Junior selection camp. The camp will take place from December 10-15 in Calgary where a final roster of 22 players will be chosen.

Bernier, 18, has a record of 19-5-2 in 30 appearances with the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound native of Laval, Quebec, leads the QMJHL with 19 wins. In addition, he's third in the league with a 2.36 goals-against-average and 1450 minutes played, and he is fourth in the league with a .912 save percentage. The Kings selected Bernier, a member of Team Canada at the 2006 World Under-18 Championship (Under-18 Team) and the 2005 World Junior Cup (Under-18 Team), in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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