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Eight Capitals, One Prospect Participating in IIHF World Championship

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Nine members of the Washington Capitals organization – eight players who saw NHL action this year and one prospect – will be participating in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship that gets underway on Friday, May 2, in the Canadian cities of Halifax and Quebec City.

Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden), Sergei Fedorov (Russia), Tomas Fleischmann (Czech Republic), Mike Green (Canada), Cristobal Huet (France), Sami Lepisto (Finland), Alex Ovechkin (Russia), Alexander Semin (Russia) and Simeon Varlamov (Russia) are skating for their respective countries.

Ovechkin, who was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy earlier today, and Semin will be playing in their fifth and fourth World Championship respectively, while Fedorov and goaltending prospect Varlamov will be making their World Championship debuts. The Russians open play on May 2 against Italy in Quebec City.

Calder Memorial Trophy finalist Backstrom is competing in the event for the second consecutive year. He leads Team Sweden into competition on May 3 against Belarus in Quebec City.

Green, who paced all NHL defensemen with 18 goals, is competing in the World Championship for the first time. The host-country Canadians begin the quest to defend their championship on May 2 in Halifax against Slovenia.

Huet, who won seven consecutive games and 11 out of 13 for the Capitals to end the regular season, will tend the pipes for France. The French open play May 3 against Switzerland in Quebec City. Huet and Backstrom will face one another on May 5 in Quebec City when France plays Sweden.

Fleischmann and the Czech Republic open the competition at 1 p.m. on May 2 against Denmark in Quebec City. The Czech Republic will play Russia on May 4 in Quebec City in a game that could feature five players in the Washington organization.

Lepisto, who played seven games with the Caps this year, is tending the blueline for Finland, which begins competition on May 3 against Germany in Halifax.

Results and statistics from the World Championship are available on the event’s official web site, Fans can watch World Championship games live online at
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