LA Kings to Watch at the IIHF World Championship 2021

Although the Los Angeles Kings didn’t qualify for the 2021 playoffs, fans can look forward to a plethora of players who are poised to skate in the 2021 World Championship. Ten Kings are set to partake in the tournament and will represent four countries. This will be a special World Championship, as it will be the first edition of the event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. All of the Kings in this tournament will undoubtedly be vying to take home a gold medal from the tournament in Riga, Latvia.

Team Sweden – Adrian Kempe (Left Wing)

Out of the four countries with a Kings player representing them, Sweden is the sole nation with just one. However, 24-year-old Kempe, who hails from Kramfors, Sweden, is the most established Kings’ player in this tournament. A first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft, he has skated in the NHL for five seasons.

We’re basically in a bubble as of right now. When we first got here, we had to do a couple days of quarantine in our hotel rooms. They had some workouts and mobility work for us that we did on a Zoom call, so that was pretty interesting… But looking out the window of my hotel room and even just driving to the rink yesterday, it honestly is absolutely beautiful here – from some of the buildings and architecture, you can tell there’s a lot of history here and would love to get around and check it out when I can.

On Tuesday morning, all of our COVID tests checked out negative, so we finally got to the rink for our first pre-tournament practice. And that was also interesting.

If you think about it, we came off the end of our NHL season, then a long flight, then a couple days of quarantining, so just to kind of get the legs going – it was a tough practice, that’s for sure. Plus, out here, the ice sheets are bigger than NHL regulation, so every time you’re out there, it’s just that much bigger and that much further and that much more effort. We had a two-hour session, which is longer than what we were used to this year (since we played so many games in a short span, the practices were relatively short). We’re trying to learn some new systems, learn some new teammates, get acclimated to everything and kind of get back into the conditioning shape that you miss when you take a long flight before quarantining.

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Even after just one practice, it seems like Team USA has a good mix of guys so far. There’s some young guys – some guys like Jonesy that played in college and maybe signed at the end of their college season, got a little bit of pro experience – and then we have guys like Justin Abdelkader and Brian Boyle who were seasoned NHL veterans and are kind of coming back and leading the way. We’ve got a good mix of some speed and skill up front, and it looked like just from yesterday’s practice that we had a lot of mobile defensemen, so maybe that’ll help us on the big ice.

source: https://thehockeywriters.com/la-kings-2021-world-championship/

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