Christmas is coming early for hockey fans in Southern California. Beginning tomorrow, you can watch LA Kings Prospects on TV for the next six straight days.
Friday, December 18
David Hrenak – St. Cloud State
Hrenak is off to a hot start, posting a 3-1 record with a .912 save percentage – helping propel St. Cloud up to No. 9 in the college hockey rankings this week. They’ve already knocked off two top-five teams, including Denver and North Dakota. Friday, they’ll take on Colorado College at 5:30pm PST on the AT&T Regional Network (DirecTV 683).
The Slovakian born netminder just might also be our most popular guest ever on Kings Of The Podcast – give it a listen here.
Saturday, December 19
Andre Lee and Ben Meehan – UMass Lowell
Lee, drafted by the Kings in 2019, had an impressive showing that summer at Development Camp. He followed that up by being one of the top offensive weapons on the River Hawks last season and has returned for his sophomore year. Meehan, a 2020 Draftee, has joined Lee at college and made his NCAA debut last weekend on the River Hawks blueline. This time around, No. 15 UMass Lowell will play a two-game set vs. Maine, with the first contest available on NESN (DirecTV 628) at 3pm PST.
Additionally, Lee was a recent guest on Kings Of The Podcast and told a great Anze Kopitar story – available here.
Sunday, December 20
Lee and Meehan – UMass Lowell
No. 15 UMass Lowell concludes their two-game set vs. Maine at 1pm PST on NESN (DirecTV 628).
Hrenak – St. Cloud State
St. Cloud State in a rematch with No. 8 Denver; airs on Altitude (DirecTV 681) at 2pm EST.
Alex Turcotte, Arthur Kaliyev, and Brock Faber – Team USA
World Junior season kicks off with exhibition play and first up will be USA vs. Switzerland. All WJC games, including the pre-tournament action, can be seen on the NHL Network. This game is at 3pm PST.
We have quotes from all three Kings prospects in camp with Team USA posted here.
Kasper Simontaival – Finland VS. Lukas Parik – Czech Republic
Another of the Kings 2020 Draftees will be featured in a WJC exhibition game, when Finland takes on the Czech Republic at 6:30pm PST. Tending goal for the opposition will be Lukas Parik, ranked as the No. 1 prospect among all netminders in the Kings organization.
Monday, December 21
Tobias Bjornfot – Sweden VS. Quinton Byfield and Jordan Spence – Canada
Martin Chromiak – Slovakia
Exhibition play continues at the WJC, and the first game of the day features some more Kings on Kings crime, as Sweden (Bjornfot) takes on Canada (Byfield and Spence) at 3pm PST, followed by Russia vs. Slovakia (Chromiak) at 6:30pm PST. Both games can be seen on NHL Network.
Tuesday, December 22
Simontaival – Finland VS. Turcotte, Kaliyev, Faber – USA
Bjornfot – Sweden
More Kings on Kings crime during the WJC exhibition round, as Finland (Simontaival) squares off with USA (Turcotte, Kaliyev, and Faber) at 3pm PST. Then, at 6:30pm PST, it’s Switzerland vs. Sweden (Bjornfot). Again, both games can be seen on NHL Network.
Wednesday, December 23
Chromiak – Slovakia
Byfield and Spence – Canada
Parik – Czech Republic
WJC exhibition play wraps up with three games on NHL Network – and all of them feature at least one Kings prospect.
11am PST, Slovakia (Chromiak) vs. Austria
3pm PST, Canada (Byfield and Spence) vs. Russia
6:30pm PST, Czech Republic (Parik) vs. Germany
When this six-day run is over, take a break to enjoy Christmas Eve.
Starting on December 25, it’s going to be a nearly two-week run of Kings prospects on TV every day during the World Junior Championship. In 18 of the 20 round robin games played, there will be at least one Kings prospect involved — and often multiple prospects. With nine LA prospects spread across six of the 10 teams in the WJC, they’ll be all over your TV screens. We’ll cover the WJC scheduling in a separate article next week.
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