Off-Day Watch 12/26: World Juniors time is nigh

Games for the best hockey tournament begin tonight!

Perhaps even more exciting than Christmas itself is the beginning of World Juniors; the tournament kicks off today in earnest.

Many of the games will be aired on the NHL Network (and, for our Canadian friends, on TSN), so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to watch Kings prospects in action.

A full broadcast schedule can be found here. Important games—and by important, we mean games that Kings prospects are in—over the next few days are highlighted below.

Wednesday, December 26

United States vs. Slovakia (3:30 p.m. Pacific)
Canada vs. Denmark (5:00 p.m. Pacific)
Finland vs. Sweden (7:30 p.m. Pacific)

Thursday, December 27

Slovakia vs. Sweden (3:30 p.m. Pacific) (Airing on the NHL Network December 28, 5:00 a.m. Pacific)
Switzerland vs. Canada (5:00 p.m. Pacific)
Finland vs. Kazakhstan (7:30 p.m. Pacific)

Kings Things

Kings defenseman prospect Mikey Anderson has been named captain of Team USA for World Juniors. This is his second year playing in the tournament; last year, his brother Joey captained the squad. [NHL]

Jaret Anderson-Dolan will wear an A for Team Canada, as well:

And it looks like any concerns about Anderson-Dolan’s wrist are minimal, as he’s been moved back to center:

Speaking of JAD, this is magnificent:

Former Kings Things

I regret to inform everyone that Nick Shore has grown a mustache.


A brief look back at some NHL highlights in 2018. [NHL]

A review of draft-eligible players in this year’s World Juniors. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

A comprehensive look at strengths and weaknesses of each team at World Juniors. [Raw Charge]

Brad Marchand was suspended for the last outdoor game the Bruins played; he’s thankful to have another shot at the outdoors game in January. [NHL]

Hayley Scamurra is the first woman to earn a spot in the US national women’s team camp based off of her play in the NWHL. [NWHL]

Canucks players, including Jake Virtanen, who took a lot of criticism for his play, talk about their experiences at World Juniors. [The Province]

Les Canadiennes goalies Emerance Maschmeyer and Genevieve Lacasse go head to head with some rapid-fire questions. [The Ice Garden]