Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that four Blackhawks players/prospects -- Tuomo Ruutu, Tony Salmelainen, Nathan Davis and Jonathan Toews -- have been invited to participate in the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, April 27-May 13.
Toews, 19, 6'1", 198 lbs., Center, has been invited to attend Team Canada's Preliminary Training Camp in preparation for the 2007 IIHF World Championships. He appeared in 34 games as a Sophomore for the University of North Dakota registering 18 goals and 28 assists for 46 points and 10 penalty minutes while posting a +18 plus/minus rating. His North Dakota team advanced to the NCAA's Frozen Four this past season.
Toews' lead Team Canada at the 2007 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships capturing Gold Medal. In six games he recorded four goals and thee assists for seven points and 12 penalty minutes while posting a +1 plus/minus rating. Toews was named to the tournaments All-Star Team while have one of the most memorable moments in the tournaments recent history when he scored on three straight penalty shots during a shoot out to propel Team Canada over the United States and into the Gold Medal game.
Toews' was the Blackhawks 1st round selection, 3rd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Davis, 20, 6'1", 194 lbs. Center/Left Wing, completed his junior year at the Miami (Ohio) University appearing in 42 games scoring 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points and 24 penalty minutes while posting a +17 plus/minus rating.
Davis was named to the RBK/American Hockey Coaches Association West All-America Second Team as well as being on of the 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award which is awarded to the top US collegiate hockey player. He also played for Team USA at the 2006 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships.
Ruutu, 24, 6'0", 200 lbs., Center/Wing, appeared in 71 games with the Blackhawks this season recording 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points and 95 penalty minutes. In his NHL career, Ruutu has appeared in 168 games recording 42 goals and 45 assits for 87 points and 184 penalty minutes all with the Blackhawks.
Ruutu was selected by the Blackhawks in the 1st round, 9th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. This will be the 7th time his has represented Finland on the international stage (2000 U-18 World Junior Championship; 2001, 2002, 2003 U-20 World Junior Championship, 2004 World Cup and 2006 World Championships).
Salmelainen, 25, 5'9", 185 lbs, Wing, appeared in 57 games with the Blackhawks scoring six goals and 11 assist for 17 points and 26 penalty minutes in his first full NHL season. In his NHL career, Salmelainen has appeared in 70 games recording six goals and 12 assists for 18 points and 30 penalty mintues.
Salmelainen was acquired by the Blackhawks inexchanged for Jaroslav Spacek on Jan. 26, 2006. He was Edmonton's 2nd round selection, 41st overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. This will be the fourth time he has represented Finland on the international stage (1998 European Junior Championship, 1999 U-18 World Junior Championshipand the 2001 U-20 World Junior Championship).