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Four Flyers named to Team Canada for World Championships

Couturier, Giroux, Konecny & Simmonds to represent the Flyers and their country

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Hockey Canada announced today that four Flyers forwards Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds have been named to the roster for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

This year's tournament will take place from May 5-21 and is set in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany.

This will be Giroux's third time representing Canada at the IIHF World Championships. He helped his country win gold in 2015 in the Czech Republic where he averaged a point per game with 10 points (3g-7a) in 10 contests, which included a goal and an assist in the gold medal game as Canada defeated Russia, 6-1.

Giroux also represented Canada at the 2013 tournament, when he also averaged a point per-game pace with three goals and five assists for eight points in eight games.  

Earning a gold medal alongside Giroux at the 2015 World Championships was Sean Couturier, who will be playing in his second Worlds with Canada. Couturier posted a +13 rating in the tournament while adding three goals and four assists for seven points and appeared in all 10 games.

Wayne Simmonds will also be entering his second World Championships for Team Canada. He last appeared in 2013 where he was teammates with Claude Giroux. Simmonds appeared in all eight games, recording one goal.

Couturier, Giroux and Simmonds have answered Canada's call when asked. Giroux and Simmonds helped Canada will gold at the 2008 World Junior Championships, while Couturier took home silver in the 2011 World Juniors for Canada. Giroux also represented his country in last year's World Cup of Hockey, while Couturier represented Canada on the collected team of North America.

Travis Konecny will enter his first World Championships after completing his rookie season with the Flyers, where he posted 11 goals and 28 points in 70 games. 

Internationally, Konecny has appeared for the Canadian National team on multiple occasions which include the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships. He has also served as captain of Team Canada, leading them to a gold medal at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament where he recorded five goals and six points in five games.

In addition to the players, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is serving as GM of Team Canada, while Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol was added to Canada's coaching staff on Tuesday as an assistant coach. This is his first time serving as a coach at the World Championships.

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