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2012 IIHF World Championship

Danes, Germans tinker with World Champ rosters

Friday, 04.27.2012 / 7:26 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

NHL.com

One day before the IIHF announces the roster for each of the nations competing at the 2012 World Hockey Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm, two teams revealed the latest additions. Meanwhile in other parts of Europe, the exhibition season for this year’s Worlds officially got under way.

Less than 24 hours after Florida's Game 7 loss in double overtime to the New Jersey Devils, Marcel Goc of the Panthers was announced as the latest addition to the German team. Denmark, having already named NHLers Lars Eller, Philip Larsen and Frans Nielsen to its squad, announced that Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen would also play.

Malkin and Datsyuk confirmed for Russia at Worlds

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 4:59 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

For a team whose primary NHL representatives were defensive standouts like Semyon Varlamov, Nikita Nikitin and Alexei Yemelin, Russia just got a serious infusion of offensive firepower.

The IIHF confirmed Thursday that Team Russia's roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship will include Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, the odds-on favorite to take home the Hart Trophy.

Other than Varlamov, Nikitin and Yemelin, the only current NHL players previously listed on Russia's World Championship roster were forwards Nikolai Kulemin and Alexander Burmistrov, who last season established new career highs with 13 goals and 28 points with Winnipeg. For now, the roster consists of players drawn from the Kontinental Hockey League, some of whom have NHL experience, including Nikolay Zherdev, Dmitri Kalinin, and Alexander Svitov.

Also on display will be 19-year-old Evgeny Kuznetsov, a 2010 first-round pick of the Washington Capitals considered one of the NHL's top young prospects who in January was named most valuable player at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Sharp, Keith join Canada for World Championship

Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 1:15 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

NHL.com

Chicago Blackhawks teammates Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp have agreed to join Team Canada for the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship, which begins May 4 in Helsinki and Stockholm. Canada, which will be coached by Brent Sutter, is hoping to improve on two straight quarterfinal-round exits.

The addition of Keith and Sharp adds a veteran presence to a team that has been dominated in years past by players aged 25 or younger. The Chicago teammates also bring a Stanley Cup pedigree to a team that has two more roster spots to fill (one on offense, one on defense) before playing a small series of exhibition games at the end of the month.

Sharp and Keith previously played together on Team Canada at the 2008 World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City, finishing second to Russia. Even with Sharp and Keith on the roster, Canada will feature several returning players from last year’s squad, including John Tavares, Evander Kane, Jeff Skinner, Jordan Eberle, Dion Phaneuf, Andrew Ladd, Marc Methot, and Devan Dubnyk. Canada kicks off the tournament on May 4 at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki against Slovakia.

Zetterberg in, Crosby out of World Championship

Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 3:16 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Henrik Zetterberg is among the NHL stars that will play for their country at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, while Sidney Crosby is among a group that declined an offer to play Tuesday.

Zetterberg is one of three Detroit Red Wings who will play for Sweden, one of the co-hosts of the tournament. Forward Johan Franzen and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson have also confirmed their intention to play for Tre Kronor.

Two of their teammates will join the United States squad for the tournament -- goaltender Jimmy Howard and forward Justin Abdelkader.

Selanne passes on World Championship

Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 1:05 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has declined an invitation to play for his native Finland at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, a Ducks spokesman confirmed.

Selanne, who turns 42 in July, is considering retirement. The World Championship run May 4-20, and will be held in Stockholm and Helsinki. Selanne was born in Helsinki.

As is his custom, Selanne will return to Finland this summer. He told reporters earlier this month that he will inform Anaheim general manager Bob Murray of his decision on whether he'll retire or play another season in July.

Selanne led the Ducks in scoring this season with 66 points while playing all 82 games.

Canada names first 17 to World Championship roster

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 10:33 AM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hockey Canada named the first 17 players on the roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship. The tournament will be held May 4-20 in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Among those named were five players who skated in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game -- Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Stars forward Jamie Benn, Oilers forward Jordan Eberle, Ducks forward Corey Perry and Islanders forward John Tavares.

The Oilers' Devan Dubnyk and the Hurricanes' Cam Ward were the only two goaltenders named to the team so far.

"We are extremely happy with the response we have received from players and are very pleased with the group that we have been able to assemble to date," said Oilers president Kevin Lowe, who is serving as Canada's GM for the tournament. "We are looking forward to getting together as a team in Zurich and going for gold in Helsinki."

USA Hockey building World Championship roster

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 12:16 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

USA Hockey on Wednesday named the first 17 players to the roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship, to be held May 4-20 in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Named to the team were 11 forwards, five defensemen and one goalie -- Dallas Stars rookie Richard Bachman.

USA Hockey will fill out its roster further after teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They can carry a maximum of 22 players -- including three goalies -- and can add up to two additional players after the first three games.

Two players from last year's eighth-place team return -- Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler and Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.

Other defensemen named to the team were Carolina's Justin Faulk, Dallas' Alex Goligoski and Edmonton's Jeff Petry.

Gordon returns as U.S. coach at World Championship

Tuesday, 04.10.2012 / 1:31 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

NHL.com

Scott Gordon will return as coach for the United States in the 2012 IIHF World Championship for a third straight tournament, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Gordon, currently an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was also an assistant for the U.S. entry at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2009 world championships. Before joining the Leafs, Gordon was head coach of the New York Islanders for parts of three seasons (2008-10).

Greg Cronin, the former Northeastern University coach who joined the Maple Leafs as an assistant this season, will be one of Gordon's assistants. Another assistant will be named at a later date.

The team Gordon and Cronin will be coaching will be selected by a committee led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members of the group include NHL general managers Stan Bowman, Brian Burke, Paul Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, David Poile, Ray Shero, and Dale Tallon, as well as former Atlanta general manager and current Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell.

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