World Championships selections

Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan have been selected to represent the United States in the World Championship tournament, which will be held May 2-18 in Canada. That’s a very nice honor for both players and represents how far they came this season, particularly O’Sullivan. Here’s the release from the Kings:

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KINGS FORWARDS DUSTIN BROWN AND PATRICK O’SULLIVAN TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT IN CANADA

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan will represent the United States at the 2008 World Championship tournament, the Kings announced today in conjunction with USA Hockey. The World Championship is scheduled for May 2-18 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Quebec City, Quebec.

Brown, 23, most recently played for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship where he led his club in both goals and assists. He has also skated for Team USA at the 2004 World Championship where he won a bronze medal; at the 2003 World Junior Championship where he won a gold medal; and at the 2002 World Junior Championship where he was the youngest member of the team.

For the Kings this past season, Brown played in 78 games and led the Kings in goals with 33. He also finished third in points (60), tied for sixth in assists (27), tied for first in power-play goals (12) and second in game-winning goals (four). Brown also led the NHL in hits with 311, and this past Saturday he was named the club’s Most Inspirational Player/Ace Bailey Memorial Award (as voted by his teammates) and the Most Popular Player (as selected by the Kings Booster Club). He was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (13th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and is a native of Ithaca, NY.

O’Sullivan, 23, most recently played for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship. He has also skated for Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Championship; at the 2004 World Junior Championship, where he scored two goals – including the game-winner – in Team USA’s victory over Canada in the gold medal game; and at the 2003 World Junior Championship. In 2002, he skated for Team USA at the under-18 World Junior Championship, where he had 15 points (7-8=15) in eight games.

For the Kings this past season, O’Sullivan played in all 82 games and finished fourth on the team in points (53). He also finished fourth in goals (22), fourth in assists (31), and tied for first in short-handed goals (three). O’Sullivan also led the Kings in shots (220), and this past Saturday he was named the club’s Best Defensive Player (as voted by the local media). He was originally acquired by the Kings from Minnesota on June 24, 2006, and is a native of Winston-Salem, NC.

On Monday, it was announced that Kings Associate Coach Mike Johnston will join Pat Burns and Craig MacTavish as assistant coaches on Canada’s coaching staff for the 2008 IIHF World Championship, and that Kings Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger has been named Canada’s Head Equipment Manager for the World Championship. Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille is an Assistant General Manager with Team Canada.

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  • anthony

    This organization is very lucky to have both players on its team.
    A yahoo sports blog predicted that O’Sullivan will be a 90 point producer in the future and Brown a 40 goal scorer.
    Good luck to you both and bring home the GOLD.

  • diehrdkingsfan38

    I think the gold is out of reach Anthony, the U.S. looks okay, but the other teams like Sweden, Russia, Canada, Finland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, all look like better teams. I do believe we have good goaltending with Dipietro and Ryan Miller. Also i could see brown being a 35-40 goal scorer and Sully reaching 80-90 points.

  • Galen

    I’m with Anthony, nothing is out of reach.

  • brianguy

    the U.S. is very short on goaltending thus far, but that is going to change once the 1st round of the NHL playoffs end and they announce the final roster additions.

    so far from what I’ve seen this team has one of the better shots of any I can remember to medal high in the World Championships – which always stink because they’re during the Stanley Cup playoffs, making them more like a de facto European Championship. also, it’s being held in North America this year, a rarity. warm up games for U.S. are in Portland, Maine with tournament games in Halifax and Quebec City, so there’s a more of a home or backyard feel to it.

    Also Kopi’s Slovenia national team (nicknamed “Lynx”) get to compete in Pool A for the first time ever (they won Pool B in 2007). so that’s exciting too!

  • Bob Bobson

    Any chance we can see these games on TV ?

  • jonny

    gold is out of reach???? Do you believe in miracles??? Come on

  • Rocky

    I watched the games last year on the web .. http://web.wcsn.com
    It looks like they also have the games lined up again this year. Since it is in North America it should be easier to catch the games this year :). IMHO it is worth the $5 for the monthly pass.