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Henri Jokiharju and Kevin Lankinen are on Finland's preliminary roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championships

by Chris Wescott /

Blackhawks prospects Henri Jokiharju and Kevin Lankinen will join Finland's national team ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Championships in May.

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Both will have their opportunity to make the squad and participate in the tournament, which runs May 10-26 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Jokiharju has represented his home country on multiple stages, including the 2019 World Juniors earlier this year in which the defenseman and the Finns won gold.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: "Two or three years from now he's going to look back on this when he's a steady player in the NHL and he's going to say 'that was probably the best thing for me.'"#HawksProspects

Lankinen, a goalie, has also represented Finland before at the junior level in various stints.

They'll potentially join Patrick Kane at the tournament, who was named captain of Team USA on Monday. More Blackhawks are likely to officially commit to the tournament soon.

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