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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Thursday, May 1, 2008

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that goaltender Mikael Tellqvist and left wing Marcel Hossa will participate in the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City, May 2-18.  Tellqvist will play for his native Sweden while Hossa will represent Slovakia.

Tellqvist, 28, appeared in 22 games for the Coyotes this season, collecting a record of 9-8-2 with a 2.75 goals against average (GAA), a .908 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts.    

The Sundbyberg, Sweden native will be appearing in his seventh international competition.  In addition to winning a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Tellqvist was also a member of Team Sweden at the 2005 World Cup, the 2003 World Championships (silver medal), the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2001 World Championships (bronze medal) and the 2000 World Championships.

Tellqvist was acquired by the Coyotes from Toronto on Nov. 28, 2006 in exchange for Tyson Nash and a third round choice in the 2007 Entry Draft.  In 92 career NHL games with Phoenix and Toronto, Tellqvist has posted a record of 36-35-2-7 with a 3.07 GAA, a .895 SV% and seven shutouts.

Hossa, 26, was acquired by the Coyotes on Feb. 26, 2008 from the New York Rangers with Al Montoya for Fredrik Sjostrom, Josh Gratton, David LeNeveu and a conditional draft pick.  Hossa recorded four PIM in 14 games for the Coyotes after recording 1-7-8 and 24 PIM in 36 games for the Rangers.  

A native of Ilava, Slovakia, Hossa will be playing in his fifth international competition.  He has represented Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympics and World Championships, the 2001 World Junior Championships and the 2000 World Championships.

Hossa, who was originally drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, has recorded 31-30-61 in 237 career NHL games with the Canadiens, Rangers and Coyotes.  

Team Sweden will open the 2008 World Championships against Belarus in Quebec City on Saturday, May 3 while Team Slovakia will open against Norway in Halifax the same day.

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