Eight players listed on American and Canadian rosters
RALEIGH, NC—The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that eight Hurricanes players will represent their countries at the 2007 Men’s International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championship in Russia, April 27-May 13. Four players from Carolina will compete for Team Canada, while the other four Hurricanes players will skate for Team USA.
Defenseman Mike Commodore, center Eric Staal, goaltender Cam Ward and right wing Justin Williams will each wear the red and white of their native Canada in this year’s World Championship. Commodore, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alb., led all Hurricanes defensemen in scoring with 29 points (7g, 22a) during the 2006-07 season, and ranked 10th in the NHL with 214 hits. Staal, a native of Thunder Bay, Ont., led Carolina and ranked 14th in the NHL in shots (228), and was tied with Williams in power-play goals with 12 during the 2006-07 season. Ward, who was born in Saskatoon, Sask., and raised in Sherwood Park, Alb., earned a 2.93 goals-against average in 2006-07, and finished the season tied for 15th in the NHL with 30 wins. Williams, a Cobourg, Ont. native, led the Hurricanes with 33 goals
On the United States roster are winger Erik Cole, goaltender John Grahame, defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and forward Chad LaRose. Cole, born in Oswego, NY, established career highs this season in assists (32) and points (61) and ranked ninth in the NHL with 222 hits during the 2006-07 season. Grahame, a Denver native, represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics and posted a 2.85 goals-against average in 28 appearances with Carolina in 2006-07. Hutchinson, an Evanston, IL, native, led all of Carolina’s defensemen this season in power-play points (8) and power-play assists (6). LaRose, a Fraser, MI, native, ranked fourth on the team in shorthand points (4) and was tied for first on the team in shorthand goals (2).
Fans can enjoy live, streaming video of 2007 World Championship games online via the World Championship Sports Network www.WCSN.com. Please visit www.WCSN.com for more details.