Thursday, April 29, 2010
KINGS DEFENSEMEN MATT GREENE AND JACK JOHNSON TO REPRESENT U.S. AT UPCOMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
--KINGS HEAD EQUIPMENT MANAGER DARREN GRANGER TO REPRESENT TEAM CANADA--
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings defenseman/assistant captain Matt Greene and defenseman Jack Johnson will represent the United States at the 2010 IIHF World Championship tournament, the Kings today announced in conjunction with USA Hockey. The World Championship tournament is scheduled for May 7-23 in Germany.
Greene, 26, most recently represented the United States during the 2008 World Championship. He has also represented Team USA during the 2007 World Championship and the 2003 World Junior Championship, and he also skated with Team USA at the 2002 U.S. Junior Select Team at the Viking Cup, the 2001 World U18 Championship, the Under-18 U.S. National Team in its Development Program in 2000-01 and at the 2000 Five Nations Tournament (silver medal).
A 6-3, 237-pound native of Grand Ledge, Michigan, Greene this past season had nine points (2-7=9) and 83 penalty minutes in 75 regular season games with the Kings, while in six postseason games Greene had one point (an assist) and zero penalty minutes. In 308 career regular season NHL games with the Kings and the Edmonton Oilers, Greene has 36 points (5-31=36) and 399 penalty minutes.
Johnson, 23, most recently represented the United States during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver where he helped his club earn a silver medal. He has also represented Team USA during the 2009 World Championship, the 2007 World Championship, the 2007 World Junior Championship (bronze medal), the 2006 World Junior Championship, the 2005 World U18 Championship (gold medal), the 2005 Five Nations Tournament (U.S. Under-18 Team – gold medal), the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup (U.S. Under-18 Team) and the 2004 World U18 Championship (silver medal), and he also skated with Team USA at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
A 6-0, 218-pound native of Indianapolis, Johnson this past season had 36 points (8-28=36) and 48 penalty minutes in 80 regular season games with the Kings, while in six postseason games Johnson had seven points (all assists) and six penalty minutes. In 200 career regular season NHL games, all with the Kings, Johnson has 58 points (17-41=58) and 188 penalty minutes.
Kings Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger will also be apart of Team Canada’s training staff during the World Championship. Granger, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, also worked for Team Canada at the 2008 (silver medal), 2006 and 1999 World Championships, the 1996 World Cup and the 1992 World Junior Championship.
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