Five Carolina Hurricanes players and the team’s head coach will represent their respective countries in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, which takes place in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic, from Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 17.
Defenseman Justin Faulk joins Team USA as an alternate captain, forwards Elias Lindholm and Victor Rask are competing for the Swedish national team, goaltender Anton Khudobin is one of three netminders for Russia and defenseman Michal Jordan is skating for the Czech national team. In addition, Bill Peters is serving as an assistant coach for Team Canada.
Faulk has appeared in 33 international contests for Team USA in the U-18 Worlds, the World Juniors, the World Championship and the Olympics. He was tabbed as one of the team’s alternate captains and should log near team-high minutes in all situations.
Lindholm and Rask are each making their debuts in the World Championship, though each has an extensive international record with Sweden, as both have competed in the U-18 Worlds and the World Juniors.
This marks Khudobin’s second consecutive appearance in the annual tournament, and he joins Sergei Bobrovsky and Konstantin Barulin in net for Russia.
This year is also Jordan’s second consecutive appearance in the World Championship, after he made his debut with the Czech Republic last summer. He skated in nine tournament games in 2014, logging an assist and two penalty minutes.
Peters joins head coach Todd McClellan and assistant coaches Peter DeBoer and Jay Woodcroft behind the bench for Team Canada.
Preliminary round action, which consists of seven games for each team and runs May 1-12, pits the United States and Russia in one group with Sweden and Czech Republic (and Canada) opposite. Following the quarterfinals and semifinals on May 14 and 16, respectively, medal games will conclude the tournament on Sunday, May 17.
NBCSN will carry five of seven Team USA preliminary round games live, while the other two can be seen live via NBC Sports Live Extra or on NBCSN via same-day delay. NBC Sports Live Extra will also carry the quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze medal game live with television still to be determined. NBCSN will carry the gold medal game live at 2:30 p.m. on May 17.
We’ll keep this blog current as the tournament progresses. Check back for regular score updates and more.
All times listed in Eastern standard time.
|DATE ||MATCH-UP ||RESULT/TIME ||TV |
|MAY 1 ||USA vs. FINLAND ||5-1 ||NBCSN |
|MAY 1 ||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. SWEDEN ||5-6 (SO) || |
|MAY 1 ||RUSSIA vs. NORWAY ||6-2 || |
|MAY 2 ||LATVIA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC |
|2-4 || |
|MAY 2 ||NORWAY vs. USA ||1-2 ||LIVE EXTRA (LIVE) |
NBCSN (11:00 p.m.)
|MAY 3 ||AUSTRIA vs. SWEDEN ||1-6 || |
|MAY 3 ||RUSSIA vs. SLOVENIA ||5-3 || |
|MAY 4 ||LATVIA vs. SWEDEN ||1-8 || |
|MAY 4 ||RUSSIA vs. USA ||2-4 ||NBCSN |
|MAY 4 ||CANADA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC |
|6-3 || |
|MAY 6 ||RUSSIA vs. DENMARK ||5-2 || |
|MAY 6 ||SWEDEN vs. CANADA ||4-6 || |
|MAY 7 ||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. FRANCE ||5-1 || |
|MAY 7 ||USA vs. BELARUS ||2-5 ||NBCSN |
|MAY 7 ||SWEDEN vs. GERMANY ||4-3 || |
|MAY 8 ||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. AUSTRIA ||4-0 || |
|MAY 8 ||USA vs. DENMARK ||1-0 ||NBCSN |
|MAY 9 ||BELARUS vs. RUSSIA ||0-7 || |
|MAY 9 ||SWEDEN vs. SWITZERLAND ||2-1 || |
|MAY 10 ||GERMANY vs. CZECH REPUBLIC |
|2-4 || |
|MAY 10 ||SLOVENIA vs. USA ||1-3 ||LIVE EXTRA (LIVE) |
NBCSN (3:00 p.m.)
|MAY 10 ||SLOVAKIA vs. RUSSIA ||2-3 || |
|MAY 11 ||SWEDEN vs. FRANCE ||4-2 || |
|MAY 12 ||USA vs. SLOVAKIA ||5-4 (OT) ||NBCSN |
|MAY 12 ||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. SWITZERLAND ||2-1 (SO) || |
|MAY 12 ||FINLAND vs. RUSSIA ||3-2 (SO) || |