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World Championship Update

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship held its quarterfinal round on Wednesday. The 72nd annual event, which is being contested in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City, Quebec, began on May 2 and will wrap up this weekend.

Both remaining Avalanche players were eliminated from competition on Wednesday. Jordan Leopold and Team USA lost to Finland, while Jaroslav Hlinka and the Czech Republic were defeated by Sweden, with both games ending in identical 3-2 scores in overtime.

Leopold finished the event with one assist in four games for the United States and averaged 17:36 of ice time per game. Meanwhile, Hlinka had four points (1g/3a) in six games for the Czech Republic while averaging 18:34 of ice time.

Three other members of the Avalanche organization also took part in the tournament.

Peter Budaj saw action in one game for Slovakia, while defensemen Ruslan Salei and Vladimir Densiov (who played with the Lake Erie Monsters this past season), both represented Belarus.

The semifinal round of the tournament will be contested Friday in Quebec City, with Russia facing Finland and Canada taking on Sweden. The bronze-medal game is set for Saturday, while the winning teams from the semifinal round will do battle on Sunday in the gold-medal game.

All 56 games from the 2008 IIHF Men’s World Championship are available live and on demand at

Click here for a complete schedule and statistics from the event.
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