Thursday, April 20, 2006

2006 World Hockey Championship

The IIHF World Hockey Championship is scheduled to get underway in Riga, Latvia, early next month, and I'm curious if anyone's heard who has been invited to join Team Canada thus far. I've seen a few names mentioned, many of them from the list I picked a few weeks back, but I'm interested to hear from others.

Other than Sidney Crosby, who's confirmed? And who's still mulling an offer?

UPDATE Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson said on the Fan 590 tonight that the bulk of the team will be made up of players whose teams lose in the first round of the playoffs, which is expected to end May 4. The schedule at the World Championship has been changed this year to allow for this, and Canada's first game isn't until May 5 against Denmark.

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At 3:35 PM, April 20, 2006, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Alex Auld was confirmed this morning. Woohoo!

 
At 3:38 PM, April 20, 2006, Anonymous Karina said...

Along with Marc Denis, Brad Boyes, Patrice Bergeron, Kyle Calder and Mike Comrie.

Think they'll ask Bertuzzi??

 
At 3:41 PM, April 20, 2006, Anonymous Karina said...

Oh, and Nash and Bowmeester are meeting with trainers before deciding.

 
At 3:56 PM, April 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get the sense that this will basically be an "under 25" team, and as such I'm not expecting to see any veterans heading over.

 
At 5:23 PM, April 20, 2006, Blogger John said...

TSN reported 7 confirmed Thursday morning:
http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/news_story.asp?id=163300

"Coach Marc Habscheid's team has already confirmed participation of two goaltenders and five skaters, with more confirmations expected imminently.

The players who have accepted invitations to play on Team Canada, which opens the World Championship tourney in Riga on May 5, are as follows:

Goaltenders Alex Auld of the Vancouver Canucks and Marc Denis of the Columbus Blue Jackets; Forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Boyes of the Boston Bruins, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kyle Calder of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mike Comrie of the Phoenix Coyotes.

While no defencemen have "confirmed" status, Boston's Brad Stuart and Minnesota's Nick Schultz are in the process of finalizing commitments and are expected to be on the team."

 
At 6:14 PM, April 20, 2006, Anonymous Ben said...

I'm curious to see if Marc Saavrd gets invited. He's never played for canada before, but how do you not at least talk to a guy that had 97 points?

 

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