Obviously it’s exciting to get the opportunity to get asked to go over. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a fun time and a good experience. - TJ BrodieCALGARY, AB --
The Calgary Flames have wrapped up another season. TJ Brodie
, on the other hand, has some work left to do.
After a breakout season with the Flames, Brodie earned the opportunity to represent Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden from May 3rd to 19th.
"Obviously it’s exciting to get the opportunity to get asked to go over," said Brodie, who had two goals and 14 points in 47 games this season. "I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a fun time and a good experience."
The 22-year-old was called by Steve Yzerman and extended an invite. Growing up not far from Detroit, the
"It's weird, watching him growing up and being so close to Detroit and then to talk to him on the phone, it's sort of a weird feeling," Brodie said.
Weird or exciting?
"A little bit of both. It's like watching your idol and then getting to talk to him. It's a cool experience."
Brodie may have doubted the interest Hockey Canada had in him. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound defenceman didn't hear from Yzerman until Calgary's season concluded in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Friday.
"I talked to Jay [Feaster] after the Chicago game and he told me that they wanted me to go," he admitted.
The timing of the decision to include Brodie didn't phase him.
"I talked to some of the guys and they said some guys they'll ask as soon as they're officially eliminated and some guys they'll ask after the season," he said. "I just wanted to keep playing and see what happens."
Coach Bob Hartley is excited at the prospect of his defenceman getting the opportunity to extend his season.
"This is unbelievable news because it's going to be a great experience for TJ," Hartley said. "He's going to learn a lot. It's going to be a great learning experience plus TJ Brodie with many other great skaters, we're going to see once again the progression that he's shown.
"I think he's going to come back with another experience under his belt, even more mature, more experienced and to compete against other countries, that's going to be good while representing Canada."
In other words, Brodie has the chance to continue his surprising emergence this season, only in a slightly different shade of red.