Is there anything better than some Kings on Kings crime?
Don’t answer; it’s a rhetorical question.
Yes, new jerseys are (usually) awesome. Hat tricks are great. Even a good fight can get the old juices flowing on occasion.
Even so, there’s just something extra special about two Kings prospects facing off. It’s like scouting two games at once — which is nearly impossible to do, as a high profile coach said to me once, ‘If you’re watching two games on TV, you’re really watching neither!’
That won’t be a problem tonight, though, as there is a huge college hockey tilt on TV featuring No. 2 ranked St. Could State at No. 4 Minnesota. The Huskies of SCSU feature Kings prospect David Hrenak in goal, while the Gophers have one of LA’s top rated defensive prospects, Brock Faber, anchoring down the blueline.
Hrenak would have graduated after last season had the world been normal. However, due to the global pandemic, all NCAA athletes were granted an additional year of college edibility. Thus, he’s back for his fifth year between the pipes for St. Cloud. He’s already the team’s all-time wins leader and backstopped them to a runner-up finished last season, losing to UMass in the NCAA championship game.
For more on Hrenak, see here:
And if you’ve never heard the Hrenak interview on Kings Of The Podcast, well… you’re just not living. It’s one of our most requested interviews. WARNING: You will cry laughing multiple times.
Kings Of The Podcast: Ep. Q26 with Andre Lee and David Hrenak
Faber had a breakout year last season after being selected by Los Angeles in the second round (45th overall) at the 2020 NHL Draft. In the months that followed, he played a key role in helping Team USA win gold at the World Junior Championship and was a major contributor to Minnesota’s 2021 campaign, where they were consistently ranked in the top-5.
We expect Faber to finish out his sophomore season with the Gophers and then most likely turn pro next spring.
For more on Faber, see here:
World Juniors: Grading the Performance of Nine LA Kings Prospects
He’s also made two Kings Of The Podcast appearances:
Kings Of The Podcast – Brock Faber Returns For Second Appearance
Today’s game will be televised on Bally’s Sports North (DirecTV channel 668) and puck drop is scheduled for 5pm PST.
Lead photo of Brock Faber (No. 14, right side) via Ric Kruszynski
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