LA Kings Olympians Chomping At The Bit For Tournament To Begin

LOS ANGELES — With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games now in full swing, the hockey world is now focused on Vancouver and, more specifically, on the men’s Olympic hockey tournament beginning today.

Five Los Angeles Kings players are in Vancouver, including right wing Dustin Brown (United States), defenseman Drew Doughty (Canada), center Michal Handzus (Slovakia), defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick (USA), and they are chomping at the bit, raring to go.

“I couldn’t wait for it to happen,” Doughty said about the Olympic tournament. “It’s been in the back of my mind even though my main focus is the Kings. I can’t wait to get to Vancouver and get the games going.”

Speaking of being unable to wait, Johnson left the Kings with permission on February 12 to participate in the Opening Ceremonies. Read more of this post

Dean Lombardi: Jack Johnson Is Learning His Craft…Belatedly

LOMBARDI ON JOHNSON: In part 4 of a series, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi talked about young defenseman Jack Johnson and the challenges he faces in his development. Look for part 5 later in the week.


LOS ANGELES — This season, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson has wowed fans with end-to-end rushes, nifty shootout goals and better offensive play. But on defense, even though he has improved since his rookie season, he has blown coverages in the defensive zone and has gotten caught up ice on several occasions, giving up outnumbered attacks.

In other words, the 23-year-old native of Indianapolis, Indiana has been both breathtaking and aggravating to watch, all at the same time.

Now in his third full season in the National Hockey League, Johnson has shown the offensive skill and athletic ability that made him a first round pick (third overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. But his decisions in the defensive zone often leave people shaking their heads after he makes a bad read or blows a coverage.

During a recent interview, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi explained that Johnson is learning his craft…belatedly. Read more of this post

LA Kings Place Three On Team USA For 2010 Winter Olympics

BOSTON AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 1, USA Hockey announced their men’s hockey team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (February 16-28, 2010), and the Los Angeles Kings will have three players, right wing Dustin Brown, defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick, on the team.

Johnson, 22, has never participated in the Olympics before, but has represented the United States in international competition several times.

At the 2009 World Championships, the 6-0, 218-pound native of Indianapolis, Indiana scored five goals and contributed two assists for seven points in nine games. His five goals led all defensemen in the tournament and tied for fifth overall while his seven points tied him for fourth most among defensemen in the tournament. Read more of this post

Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Peter Harrold To Represent USA In World Championships

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 15, the Los Angeles Kings and USA Hockey announced that right wing Dustin Brown and defensemen Jack Johnson and Peter Harrold will represent the United States at the 2009 IIHF World Championships, scheduled for April 24 – May 10 in Switzerland. Read more of this post

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