Jack and USA done, Bernier ready for Ovechkin tomorrow

Johnson and Jagr at IIHF quarterfinalsPhoto by Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF

Out of the sixteen countries to play in the main pool at last year’s IIHF World Championships the United States finished 13th – ahead of only France, Italy and Kazakhstan.
They’ll finish five slots higher this year, but there isn’t much to celebrate. After advancing to the elite-8, they […]

Forget Quick… It’s the return of Bernier vs Ersberg!

You read that right.
It’s just not for a spot on the Kings. Instead, they’ll square off at the IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.
With Canada looking to lock down the top spot in their pool on Monday, coach Ken Hitchcock has announced he’ll start Jonathan Bernier in goal for their final game of the qualification round.
Bernier […]

Bernier and Canada nearly give it all away vs. Norway

Photo by Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF

If results are the only thing that matters, Team Canada is doing just fine.
However, coach Ken Hitchcock has to at least be a little concerned with the overall play of his team right now at the IIHF World Championship.
Yesterday they trailed 2-1 after two periods to the U.S. Sure, they came back […]

USA vs. Canada – Here We Go Again

USA versus Canada.
It’s become one of hockey’s greatest rivalries.
And while it won’t have the same meaning of last year’s Winter Olympics, the two countries will square off once again today in the Qualification Round at the IIHF World Championships.
Jack Johnson is part of the defensive group for the U.S., who went 2-1 in the preliminary […]

Kings forward Michal Handzus to join Team Slovakia

Fresh on the heels of announcements that Team Canada will include goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Team USA will feature Jack Johnson on defense, now comes word that Kings forward Michal Handzus will play for Slovakia, the host country for this year’s IIHF World Championships.
Although the tournament is set to begin today, reports from Europe say […]

Bernier to play for Team Canada, no word on Doughty

Team Canada added four more players to their roster for for the World Championships, including goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
The tournament begins today in Slovakia.
He’ll join fellow goalies Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto’s James Reimer (who was already named the starter for game one). None of the trio have been promised the number one role and […]

Ryan Smyth on the almost-King, Ray Whitney

For the first time in…well, a really long time…the Kings were buyers at the NHL Trading Deadline last season – instead of the sellers the team had become the last five plus years.
Rather than trading away players for future assets, they acquired two rentals for a playoff push, Freddy Modin and Jeff Halpern. Neither were […]