WJC 2012: Kings prospects face-off on TV today at noon

The 2012 World Junior Championship is underway in Alberta, Canada. The top tournament for under-20 year old hockey players kicked off Monday with wins by Team USA and Canada.

Today, both teams are back in action again – with the U.S. facing Finland and Canada squaring off with the Czech Republic.

Of note, the US/Finland game will feature three LA Kings prospects. In the red, white and blue will be the Kings two tallest defensive prospects – Derek Forbort (6-foot-5, from the University of North Dakota, first round selection at the 2010 NHL Draft) and Kevin Gravel (6-foot-4, from St. Cloud State University, fifth round 2010 NHL Draft).

They could be shooting pucks at Christopher Gibson (2011 draft pick out of the QMJHL), as Team Finland hasn’t announced their starter yet. He was in goal on Monday for all eight of Canada’s goals. It wasn’t pretty. In fact, it was so bad the announcers were using expressions like ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ and ‘under siege’ when talking about Gibson’s day.

The Americans also routed their opponent on Monday (Denmark), with a final score of 11-3. In that game, 2010 first round draft pick Charlie Coyle picked up a hat trick. Coyle has been in the news quite a bit the last few months. First, he was traded by the Sharks over the summer to the Minnesota Wild. Then, just before the tournament, it was announced he’s leaving Boston University to go play for the defending Memorial Cup Champion Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL. Prior to the draft, he stopped by MayorsManor for a pretty fun interview (linked below).

Both of today’s WJC games can be seen on the NHL Network. The USA game starts at noon PST and will be replayed later tonight.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Guest Author:  Defenseman Kevin Gravel’s Team USA camp journal

All three Kings prospects earn medals at 2011 WJC

Exclusive:  Tyler Toffoli on his Team Canada camp experience

NHL Draft – Interview with Charlie Coyle

2011 World Junior Championship recap – notes on Kings prospects Kitsyn, Schenn, etc.

Warming up for the World Juniors with Kyle Clifford – summer 2010

New Year’s Eve 2009 – Jeremy Roenick previews USA vs Canada at WJC

order here –> MayorsManor Store
View the store to see full line of shirts for men and women, dozen of styles and colors

Recent Articles

Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q14 with John Wroblewski, Ontario Reign Head Coach

Another day, time for another Kings of the Podcast. In this episode, John Wroblewski — new head coach of the Ontario Reign — stops by to discuss joining the LA Kings organization and what the future may bring.
Topics discussed:
– The hiring proces
– Background notes leading up to the interview
– Scouting notes on Mikey Anderson, Cole […]

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes – Kings Roster Outlook and Needs

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to look at several key roster decisions facing the LA Kings heading into next season. Among the names mentioned were Gabriel Vilardi, Arthur Kaliyev Martin Frk, Carl Grundstrom, Trevor Moore, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Matt […]

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Offers Game 7 Predictions and Outlook for Conference Finals

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he jumped on to preview a few Game 7s featuring:
Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders
Dallas Stars v Colorado Avalanche
Vegas Golden Knights v Vancouver Canucks
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the player below or download any previous appearances for free on the MayorsManor […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Ryan O’Rourke, OHL Defenseman

In a previous article, we examined a player the Kings could be targeting for their second selection at the 2020 NHL Draft - meaning, after they take somebody in the No. 2 overall position. For context, MayorsManor editor … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.