EDITOR'S NOTE: Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker recently made his first appearance at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship in Switzerland and scored three goals in six games playing for Denmark, which did not reach the quarterfinals but did qualify for the 2010 IIHF World Championship. In an exclusive interview with phoenixcoyotes.com, Boedker details his experience.
Q: What was it like playing in your first IIHF World Championship?
A: "It was lots of fun and I’ve learned a lot from all the guys on the team. I had a great time playing there. I would do it again for sure if we (the Coyotes) would be so unlucky to not make the (NHL) playoffs."
Q: What was it like having your brother Mads as a teammate?
A: "It was great playing with him. I haven’t seen him in a long, long time so it was great to just hang with him and be around him again."
Q: Did you get to see and/or hang out with any of the other Coyotes playing in the tournament while you were there?
A: "Yes. I saw Al Montoya and (Head Athletic Trainer) and Jason Serbus in Berne with the USA team, and Matthew Lombardi, Scottie Upshall and Doaner with Canada in Kloten. We just talked a little."
Q: Please talk about being named Player of the Game against Germany and your goal against them.
A: "It’s always fun to be named the best player in the game, but we won the game and played a great game. That’s what I think meant the most. We came in the game after our loss to Norway and we still got better every shift and played hard."
Q: Please discuss your two-goal game against Austria and the sense of pride you feel about Denmark qualifying for the 2010 World Championship?
A: "It was great because we had to win to stay in the 'A' pool and to finish the way we did as a team, I think, was strong. We are not Canada or Russia and we know that, but I think we showed people and ourselves that we got a little thing going. We are getting better and that’s a big step for us to win three straight games to stay in the 'A' pool."