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Berra to Play for Switzerland at World Championship

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

With just over a week remaining until the start of 2016 IIHF World Championship, goaltender Reto Berra will look to help Team Switzerland back to the podium at the tournament.

Berra, who helped his home nation to a silver medal three years ago, joined the Swiss squad for training camp on Monday.

During the 2015-16 campaign, Berra appeared in 14 games for the Colorado Avalanche and ended the season with a 5-8-0 record, .922 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against average.

The Bulach, Switzerland, native missed nearly two months after suffering an ankle injury in late December and finished the season with the San Antonio Rampage, Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate. He skated in 16 games with the Rampage and posted a 7-7-0 record with a .901 save percentage and 3.39 goals-against average.

This year's World Championship marks the fifth consecutive tournament that Berra has played in for the Switzerland National Team (starting in 2012). He appeared in five games in 2015 and saw action in six contests in 2014.

When he helped Switzerland capture the silver medal at the 2014 Worlds, he posted an impressive 4-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .967 save percentage.

He has also played for his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships and the 2005 Under-18 World Championship.

The 2016 IIHF World Championship runs May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Team Switzerland opens the tournament with a contest against Kazakhstan at the Ice Palace in Moscow on Friday, May 6.

In addition to Berra, Colorado’s Matt Duchene (Canada), Calvin Pickard (Canada), Semyon Varlamov (Russia) and prospects JT Compher (United States) and Mikko Rantanen (Finland) will represent their countries at the annual tournament.

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