Over the last week the teams for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games have been announced. At the conclusion of the announcements a total of six Kings will be representing their country at the Olympic games.
A pair of Kings will be representing the United States in February. Both Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick will be representing the Red White and Blue for the second consecutive time. Brown played in six games during the last games but did not register a point in those games. Quick did not see any playing time behind Ryan Miller and Tim Thomas. Both should see more time and have a bigger role this year.
Once team Slovenia qualified for the international tournament it was a given that Anze Kopitar would be apart of the roster that will be traveling to Russia. Kopitar is the first Slovenian born player to play in the NHL and it will be his first appearance at the Olympics.
Like the Americans, there will be two players representing the Kings for team Canada. Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter will take time away from Los Angeles and dawn the maple leaf at the games. The 2010 Winter Olympics was a coming out party for Doughty who established himself as one of the World’s top defenseman at those games. Carter was listed as a reserve during those games but did not see any playing time because there were no significant injuries for team Canada.
Slava Voynov, the Kings’ lone Russian will be representing the host country. It will be Voynov’s first Olympic appearance as well.
The games are set to kick off on February 12 and will conclude on February 23. There will be several games that feature Kings playing against one another during the preliminary round, Russia will take on Slovenia on the 13th, the United States will face Russia on the 15th and Slovenia will take on the United States on the 16th.