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Kings and Ducks Olympians at a glance

A capsulized look at the Kings and Ducks players who will represent their countries at the 2014 Winter Games.

February 06, 2014|By Lance Pugmire
  • Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will join forces for Canada during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will join… (Chris Carlson / Associated…)

KINGS

DUSTIN BROWN, USA

Why picked: Captain of 2012 Stanley Cup champions, leader who will be team's alternate captain.

Olympic experience: Alternate captain on the U.S. silver-medal team in 2010, point-less in six games. Has played in four World Championships, as captain in 2009, had five goals in both 2006 and 2008.

Quoteworthy: "As this team came together, you look at 10 players that have been a captain or assistant captain on their team." — USA Coach Dan Bylsma.

JONATHAN QUICK, USA

Why picked: Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2012, affirmed talent with recent shutout win at high-scoring San Jose after missing time with groin injury.

Olympic experience: Member of 2010 Olympic team, but did not play for silver-medalist squad.

Quoteworthy: "There are some great goalies that would have been great options for the team, and for them to choose me ... really says a lot and it means a lot." — Quick.

JEFF CARTER, CANADA

Why picked: Team-best 20 goals, provides more scoring punch for defending champions and received endorsement of Coach Darryl Sutter.

Olympic experience: None. Was a Team Canada member at 2006 World Championships (four goals in nine games), 2005 World Junior Championships (seven goals, gold medal) and was a tournament all-star in 2004 and 2005.

Quoteworthy: "He's coming off where he was the leading goal scorer in the Western Conference … If you do that based on 48 games, you do that based on playoffs and you do it based on this year, based on games played, he's deserving of that." — Sutter.

DREW DOUGHTY, CANADA

Why picked: Smart, intense defenseman with a powerful slapshot and ability to rack up minutes without reduction in effort.

Olympic experience: Played in seven games for 2010 Olympic champions, had two assists and was plus-six while on the ice. Had six assists for silver-medalist 2009 World Championship team, won gold on 2008 World Junior team.

Quoteworthy: "Any time you get to represent Canada and put on that jersey, it's the biggest honor ever, really. I'm so excited." — Doughty.

ANZE KOPITAR, SLOVENIA

Why picked: Rugged center, capable scorer and leader who has 46 points for the Kings.

Olympic experience: Slovenia, coached by Kopitar's father, Matjaz, is playing in its first Olympics. Has played in three World Championships with country (three goals in 2008, 13 assists in 2007 Division I).

Quoteworthy: "In a country with 2 million people, it's pretty impressive. It's pretty phenomenal how you can accomplish that coming out of such a small country." — Kopitar.

SLAVA VOYNOV, RUSSIA

Why picked: Defenseman, 24, signed a six-year, $25-million extension in the summer and has contributed 19 assists for team allowing fewest goals in NHL.

Olympic experience: None. Alternate captain for Team Russia at 2009 World Junior Championships (three assists, bronze medal), played on 2008 bronze-medal team and had four assists on 2007 silver-medal squad..

Quoteworthy: "Maybe it's the first time and the last time that I'm going to play hockey for the Olympic team in Russia. It's very important." — Voynov.

DUCKS

TEEMU SELANNE, FINLAND

Why picked: Legend at 43 ties Finland's Raimo Helminen (1984-2002) for most Olympic appearances (six).

Olympic experience: All-time leading scorer in men's hockey with 20 goals and 17 assists. Owns three career Olympic medals, bronze in 2002 and 2010, silver in 2006. Has played in multiple national events.

Quoteworthy: "We are not the favorites, but the gap between the best team and the sixth team is not very big." — Selanne.

SAMI VATANEN, FINLAND

Why picked: Offensive-minded 22-year-old defenseman recalled to Ducks this week who has six goals and eight assists in 40 games for defensively thin country.

Olympic experience: None, but captained Finland in the 2011 World Junior Championship, contributing four assists. Also played in 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, with two goals and three assists.

Quoteworthy: "It was in my plans to make the Olympics, now I get my chance." — Vatanen.

JONAS HILLER, SWITZERLAND

Why picked: Has 24 wins in net, including 14 straight, for NHL's best team, with an improved 2.35 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Olympic experience: Debuted for Team Switzerland at the 2010 Games, going 2-2-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .918 save percentage. His 146 saves ranked third in tournament. Also played in 2007, 2008 World Championships

Quoteworthy: "We have to find a way to get that team together as quickly as possible. We're at the level we can compete." — Hiller.

JAKOB SILFVERBERG, SWEDEN

Why picked: Hard-shooting, 23-year-old forward with a nose for the net started hot for the Ducks and has been a constant in country's international events

Olympic experience: None, but has represented Sweden five times, with a silver medal at the 2011 World Championship, bronze at the 2010 World Junior Championship and 2008 U-18 World Championship in Russia.

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