JOVANOVSKI TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2008 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HALIFAX AND QUEBEC CITY
/ Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 24, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Hockey Canada announced today that Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski will represent Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Championships in Halifax and Quebec City while center Kyle Turris will attend the team’s training camp.
Jovanovski, 31, finished the 2007-08 season as the Coyotes’ fourth-leading scorer with a career-high 51 points (12 goals, 39 assists) in 80 games. His 51 points also ranked T-10th among all NHL defensemen. Jovanovski, who played in his fifth career NHL All-Star Game in January, led the Coyotes in average time on ice (22:32) and tied for the team-lead in power play points (27).
Jovanovski has played for Team Canada six times in his career. Most recently, the Windsor, Ontario native helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. In 2004, he played for Canada’s gold medal-winning teams at the World Cup of Hockey and the World Championships. Jovanovski also won a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In addition, he took part in the 1998 World Championships and also won a gold medal in the 1995 World Junior Championships.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jovanovski was selected to the Team Canada roster for the 2006 Winter Olympics but was unable to attend due to injury. He was also on the roster during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
Jovanovski, who signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 1, 2006, has recorded 109-288-397 and 1,221 penalty minutes (PIM) in 821 career NHL games with Florida, Vancouver and Phoenix.
Turris, 18, was selected by the Coyotes with the third overall pick in the 2007 Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with the club on Apr. 4, 2008. He recorded one assist while appearing in each of the Coyotes’ final three games of the season.
Turris played for the University of Wisconsin this season and finished as the team’s leading scorer with 11-24-35 and 38 PIM in 36 games. He also helped guide the Badgers to a berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Turris also played in the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic earlier this year, helping to lead Canada to the gold medal. He tied for the team-lead in scoring with 4-2-6 in five games.
A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Turris also helped Team Canada to a 7-0-1 record in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game event that featured the top junior players from Canada taking on Russia’s best juniors. Turris led all goal-scorers with seven goals in eight games.
Canada opens the tournament against Slovenia in Halifax on May 2.