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Greiss and Seidenberg Heading To World Championship

Islanders goalie and defenseman to play for Germany at IIHF World Championship

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Thomas Greiss and Dennis Seidenberg will play for Germany in the upcoming IIHF World Championship from May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France. 

Greiss and Seidenberg join fellow Islanders Anders Lee (USA), Brock Nelson (USA) and Calvin de Haan (Canada) at Worlds. Germany, who is co-hosting the event, will play in Group A. 

Greiss and Seidenberg are two of the three NHLers on the team, along with Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder. 

This is Greiss' second appearance in the World Championship, following up a strong performance in 2016. The Islanders goalie went 3-1-0 in four games with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage, including a 31-save win over Team USA in the preliminary round. Greiss led Germany to the medal round for the first time since 2011, but Germany was eliminated by Russia in the quarter-finals. 

Greiss recorded a 26-18-5 record this season with a 2.69 GAA and a .913 SV%. The Fussen, Germany native is a veteran of two Olympic Games (2010, 2006), a World Cup of Hockey (2016) and a World Junior Hockey Championship (2005).

Seidenberg is a seasoned veteran in international competition, as the 35-year-old appears in his fourth World Championship (2008, 2002, 2001). Seidenberg has four points (1G, 3A) in 20 games at Worlds. The German defenseman has also appeared in three Olympic Games (2010, 2006, 2002) and two World Cups (2016, 2004). Seidenberg also played three Olympic qualifying games with Germany in September, leading his country to an undefeated 3-0 record and an Olympic berth. 

Seidenberg recorded 22 points (5G, 17A) in his first season with the Islanders and will return to the club after signing a one-year deal on April 24. 

Germany opens the tournament on May 5 against Lee, Nelson and Team USA. 

Germany Schedule: 
Fri. May 5 - Germany vs USA - 2:15 p.m. est
Sat. May 6 - Germany vs Sweden - 2:15 p.m. est
Mon. May 8 - Germany vs Russia - 10:15 a.m. est
Wed. May 10 - Germany vs. Slovakia - 2:15 p.m. est
Fri. May 12 - Germany vs. Denmark - 2:15 p.m. est
Sat. May 13 - Germany vs. Italy - 2:15 p.m. est
Tues. May 16 - Germany vs. Latvia - 2:15 p.m. est

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