Add Christian Wolanin to the list of LA Kings who recently changed uniform numbers. The defenseman will wear No. 86.
— NHL Jersey Numbers (@NHLNewNumbers) August 8, 2021
Wolanin, 26, was acquired mid-season in the abbreviated 2021 campaign for Michael Amadio, adding depth along the Kings blueline. The former Ottawa Senator was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and played in 58 NHL games prior to the trade.
The Quebec City, Quebec, native wore No. 86 at the IIHF World Championships for Team USA, collecting a goal and five assists in 10 games.
While I am unsure if there’s any correlation, the number change also opens the door for newcomer Vladimir Tkachev to take No. 21 – the number he wore with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.
Kings 2021 eighth overall pick Brandt Clarke is among those still searching for a new number, with Quinton Byfield occupying the No. 55 for the foreseeable future.
Plan your Kings sweater purchases accordingly.
There you have it.
— NHL Jersey Numbers (@NHLNewNumbers) August 9, 2021