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Bourque headed to World Championship

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Flames forward Rene Bourque will join Team Canada at the Rodl Championships next month in Germany.

He will be joined by defenceman Mark Giordano on Team Canada. Flames forwards Eric Nystrom and David Moss have already been named to Team USA.

Team Canada general manager Mark Messier announced the first group of 15 players that will don the red and white in Cologne and Mannheim, Germany, from May 7-23.

TSN reported that Canada's preliminary roster includes one goaltender, five defencemen and nine forwards. In addition, forward Jordan Eberle has been invited to attend the team's pre-competition camp

The roster is highlighted by Corey Perry of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and 12 players with international experience.

Only Francois Beauchemin,  Bourque and Rich Peverley will be representing Canada in international competition for the first time.

Canada can register up to 25 players on its final roster at the world championship, but only 22 players, including two goaltenders, can be dressed for each game. Messier is expected to fill out the roster once the first round of the NHL playoffs comes to an end. 

The first group of 15 players named to Team Canada: 

P  NAME                      CLUB TEAMG  Chris Mason               St. Louis BluesD  Francois Beauchemin       Toronto Maple LeafsD  Brent Burns               Minnesota WildD  Mark Giordano             Calgary FlamesD  Kris Russell              Columbus Blue JacketsD  Marc Staal                New York RangersF  Rene Bourque              Calgary FlamesF  Steve Downie              Tampa Bay LightningF  Evander Kane              Atlanta ThrashersF  Steve Ott                 Dallas StarsF  Corey Perry               Anaheim DucksF  Rich Peverley             Atlanta ThrashersF  Steven Stamkos            Tampa Bay LightningF  John Tavares              New York IslandersF  Ray Whitney               Carolina Hurricanes


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