The Los Angeles Kings are heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, well six of the players are anyway. Last night after its game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the six teammates were given a nice farewell. The six players who will be representing their respective countries are Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Anze Kopitar.
Brown and Quick are going to play for the United States National Team. Both played in the previous winter Olympics in Vancouver where the United States medaled in second place with Silver. Brown will be an alternate captain which is an honor for the player. Hopefully, this will be the year the boys can't help bring home of the gold for their country. That is of course only if their teammates fail to repeat.
Carter and Doughty will be playing for the Canadian National Team. Doughty was on the 2010 Winter Olympics team when Canada beat the USA to earn the gold medal. This will be a good chance for Carter to prove he's amongst the best players in the world; he has nothing to be afraid of because he has the skill to back it up.
Star player Kopitar is not to be ignored as he plays for his home country Slovenia, and Voynov will represent Russia in the games. Neither of their countries medaled in it last Olympics, but hopefully the Kings' players can't help them get closer to the gold this year. Of course it takes more than one good player for an entire team to advance.
The Winter Olympics have already began in Sochi. The men's ice hockey competition starts on Feb. 13; tune in to see if the Kings' players help their countries reach gold.