Kings recall defenseman Kevin Gravel from Ontario of the AHL

The Kings recalled Kevin Gravel from their American Hockey League team in Ontario on Thursday in order to bolster their defense corps in advance of their game later in the evening against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Gravel had two assists in six games this season with the Reign.

Defenseman Brayden McNabb is on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.

Tom Gilbert had a hearing with the NHL in the wake of his hit to the head of the Ducks’ Nick Ritchie in Tuesday’s game. Gilbert faces a possible suspension.

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Forbort, Gravel make USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp roster.

Kings prospects Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel were among the 40 players chosen by USA Hockey to take part in the National Junior Evaluation Camp this August in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The players will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta.

Forbort, a defenseman for the University of North Dakota, helped the U.S. capture bronze at the 2010 WJC tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. The 15th overall pick at the 2010 draft, Forbort finished his collegiate season with 15 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 38 games.

Gravel, a defenseman for St. Cloud State, had one goal, six points, and four penalty minutes in 36 games last season for the Huskies.

Other local players named to the evaluation camp were Boston University forward Matt Nieto (Long Beach), Kelowna Rockets forward Shane McColgan (Manhattan Beach), U.S. Under-18 National Development Team forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor), and Western Michigan forward Chase Balisy (Rancho Santa Margarita).

The complete U.S. roster can be found here.

Here’s the tentative schedule of events for the evaluation camp:
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