COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Russell was among a first group of 15 players named to Team Canada's roster for the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships, the Blue Jackets and Team Canada General Manager Mark Messier announced April 16. Additional players will be added to the Team Canada roster after the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The tournament will be held from May 7-23 in Cologne, Mannheim and Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
A native of Caroline, Alberta, Russell registered seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points, 32 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 70 games for the Blue Jackets this season. He led club defensemen in goals, while setting career highs in goals, points, penalty minutes, plus/minus rating and games played. He has tallied 11-42-53 and 74 penalty minutes in 203 career games, all with Columbus.
Russell, who turns 23 on May 2, has represented Team Canada twice at the World Junior Championships. He notched 1-3-4, four penalty minutes and was +6 in six games at the 2006 tournament, helping Canada win the gold medal. The next year, he collected 4-2-6 and was +3 in six games helping Canada claim its third of five-straight gold medals.
Deposits for 2010-11 Columbus Blue Jackets season tickets, as well as 10- and 20-game plans, are being accepted now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.