Los Angeles Kings In The News: Catching Up

Frozen Royalty has been taking a much-needed break from hockey, except to sit back, relax and watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs on television. But during the respite, the Los Angeles Kings still made a bit of news, so let’s get caught up…

Dustin Brown: Finalist For NHL Foundation Award

On April 27, Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown was named as a finalist for the 12th Annual National Hockey League Foundation Player Award.

The award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community.

This is the second consecutive year Brown has been nominated.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green are the other two finalists.

For further details, including Brown’s rather extensive community work, see Dustin Brown Named Finalist For NHL Foundation Award.

Matt Greene, Jack Johnson To Play In 2010 World Championship
On April 29, USA Hockey announced that Kings defensemen Matt Greene and Jack Johnson would represent the United States at the 2010 IIHF World Championship, May 7-23 in Germany.

Greene, 26, scored two goals and contributed seven assists for nine points with 83 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 75 regular season games with the Kings this season, while adding an assist in six playoff games with a -4 rating.

In 308 career regular season games with the Kings and Edmonton Oilers, Greene has scored five goals and has added 31 assists for 36 points with 399 penalty minutes.

In 24 playoff games with the Kings and Oilers, Greene has one assist with 34 penalty minutes.

The 6-3, 237-pound native of Grand Ledge, Michigan most recently represented the United States during the 2008 IIHF World Championship. He also represented the United States in the 2007 World Championship and the 2003 World Junior Championship.

Greene also skated with Team USA at the 2002 US Junior Select Team at the Viking Cup, the 2001 World U18 Championship, the Under-18 US National Team in its Development Program in 2000-01 and at the 2000 Five Nations Tournament (silver medal).

Johnson, 23, scored eight goals and added 28 assists for 36 points with 48 penalty minutes and a -15 plus/minus rating in eighty regular season games this season.

In six playoff games Johnson recorded seven assists with six penalty minutes and a -5 rating. He most recently represented the United States the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, earning the silver medal.

Johnson also represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship, the 2007 World Championship, the 2007 World Junior Championship (bronze medal), the 2006 World Junior Championship, the 2005 World Under-18 Championship (gold medal), the 2005 Five Nations Tournament (US Under-18 Team; gold medal), the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup (US Under-18 Team) and the 2004 World U18 Championship (silver medal), and he also skated with Team USA at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The 6-0 218-pound native of Indianapolis, Indiana has scored seventeen goals with 41 assists for 58 points with 188 penalty minutes in 200 career regular season NHL games, all with the Kings.

Ryan Smyth, Alexander Frolov To Participate In 2010 World Championship
On May 3, Kings forwards Ryan Smyth and Alexander Frolov were selected to represent Canada and Russia, respectively, in the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Smyth, 34, scored 22 goals and tallied 31 assists for 53 points with 42 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games with the Kings this season.

In six playoff games, he scored a goal and added an assist with six penalty minutes.

Smyth has extensive international experience with Team Canada, having participated in the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games, (gold medal in 2002). He also represented Canada at seven consecutive World Championships from 1999-2005, winning gold medals in 2004 and 2003, and a silver medal in 2005. He served as Canada’s captain at the World Championships for five seasons (2001-2005).

Smyth was also a member of Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and at the 1995 World Junior Championship. In all, Smyth has appeared in a record total 85 international games for Team Canada, scoring twenty goals and adding 24 assists for 44 points with 38 penalty minutes.

The 6-2, 189-pound native of Banff, Alberta has played in 987 career regular season NHL games for the Kings, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders and the Oilers, recording 332 goals and contributing 381 assists for 713 points with 775 penalty minutes.

In 87 NHL playoff games, Smyth has scored 26 goals and has added 28 assists for 54 points with 88 penalty minutes.

Frolov, 27 has represented Russia at the 2009 World Championship, where he won the gold medal. He also played in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 2003 World Championship and the 2002 World Junior Championship (gold medal).

The 6-2. 208-pound native of Moscow, Russia scored nineteen goals and contributed 32 assists for 51 points with 26 penalty minutes in 81 regular season games with the Kings this season.

In six playoff games, Frolov scored a goal and tallied three assists for four points.

In 536 career NHL regular season games, Frolov has scored 168 goals and has added 213 assists for 381 points with 210 penalty minutes.

Johnson Named Captain of Team USA
On May 5, USA Hockey announced that defenseman Jack Johnson was named captain of Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Defenseman Matt Greene was named an assistant captain.

Forward Prospect Kyle Clifford Signs Amateur Tryout Agreement With Manchester
On May 7, Kings left wing prospect Kyle Clifford signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate).

Clifford, 19, just finished his season with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 28 goals and adding 29 assists for 57 points (a career high) with 111 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games.

In seventeen playoff games, Clifford recorded no points with thirteen penalty minutes.

Clifford was selected by the Kings in the second round (35th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on September 22, 2009.

Monarchs Advance to AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals
On the strength of a 2-1 overtime win over the Worchester Sharks on May 7, the Monarchs advanced to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals, where they will face the Hershey Bears.

The Monarchs won the series, 4-2. They reached the second round after sweeping the Portland Pirates in the first round.

Forward Bud Holloway (six goals, five assists for eleven points) and goaltender Jonathan Bernier (8-2. 1.48 goals-against average, .952 save percentage, two shutouts) have been standouts for Manchester.

Smyth Named Captain For Team Canada
On May 7, Kings left wing Ryan Smyth was named captain for Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championships.

This is the sixth time “Captain Canada” has been named captain for Team Canada in international competition.

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