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World domination

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – The hockey season isn’t quite over for six Habs who will now shift their focus to chasing gold at the 2008 World Hockey Championship in Quebec City and Halifax.

Saku Koivu will lead his native Finland at the Worlds for a seventh time, searching for his fourth podium finish. Koivu won gold in 1997 and silver in both 1994 and 1999.

While Russia decided they could do without the services of the NHL’s 11th leading scorer in Alex Kovalev, defenseman Andrei Markov did make the cut. Markov will make his fourth appearance and is coming off a bronze medal finish in 2007.

Still in search of his first medal at the Worlds, Tomas Plekanec will represent the Czech Republic for the third year in a row. Rounding out the Canadiens' contingent at the World Championships are Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski, who already suited up for Belarus in a 2-1 loss to Switzerland on Monday at the Colisee.

Manny Almela is a writer for
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