Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny has been selected to the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team, USA Hockey announced today. Stastny and Team USA will compete at the 2012 IIHF World Championship held May 4-20 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.
Stastny, 26, will be making his second appearance at the World Championships. He finished as Team USA’s second-leading scorer with eight points (4g/4a) in seven games at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow. He also represented the United States at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where he helped the Americans to a silver medal.
Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Stastny was raised in St. Louis, Mo., and holds dual citizenship.
Stastny finished second on the Avalanche in goals (21), assists (32) and points (53) while appearing in 79 games this season. He reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in six NHL campaigns. The Avalanche’s assistant captain won a team-high 55.4% of his faceoffs this year.
Colorado’s second-round pick (44th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft, Stastny ranks 10th on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 374 points (126g/248a) in 427 career games.