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2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship Preview

Seven Jets spread between Canada, USA, Denmark

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets will have seven players representing their countries at the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship May 5-21 in Germany and France.

Mark Scheifele, Josh Morrissey, and Eric Comrie will join Team Canada, along with Jets Head Athletic Therapist Rob Milette (who will be with the team for the second time in three years). Jacob Trouba, Andrew Copp, and Connor Hellebuyck will wear the red, white, and blue of the USA, Nikolaj Ehlers will suit up for Denmark, and Ivan Telegin will play for Russia.

Mark Scheifele - Canada

Scheifele played for Team Canada in the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championship, winning gold over Patrik Laine and Finland. Scheifele had four goals and nine points in the nine games Canada played en route to the gold medal.

This season, Scheifele led the Jets in points with 82 (a career high) and also topped other team statistical categories such as assists (50) and plus-minus (+18).

In his first season as an assistant captain, Scheifele also registered a career-high 32 goals, the first time in his career he's hit the 30-goal mark.

Josh Morrissey - Canada

Morrissey's most recent stint wearing the red and white came in a gold medal winning performance at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, scoring once and adding three assists in the tournament.

Overall, Morrissey has represented Canada twice at the under-20 level, twice more at the under-18 level, and played for Canada Pacific at the Under-17s in 2012.

In his rookie NHL season, Morrissey spent time on defensive pairs with Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba. He lit the lamp six times and accumulated 20 points, and also won the Wawanesa Insurance Community Service Award at the end of the season.

 

Eric Comrie - Canada

Comrie will be making his debut at the World Hockey Championship, but has represented his country three times in his career. He's won two gold medals, the first at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Tournament, and the second came as a teammate of Josh Morrissey's at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship.

The 21-year-old Comrie posted a 2.96 goals against average with the AHL's Manitoba Moose this season, going 19-26-2 with a .906 save percentage. Comrie also made his NHL debut on Apr. 6 against Columbus, stopping 35 of the 39 shots he faced in a 5-4 win.

Jacob Trouba - USA

Trouba is no stranger to wearing the USA's colours in international competition. After skating in the US National Development Program in 2010-11, Trouba represented his country at the U-17, U-18, and U-20 levels, and has also played in two World Hockey Championships.

The 24-year-old has two gold medals from the U-18s, one more from the U-20, and a bronze from the 2013 World Hockey Championship.

The Rochester, Michigan native played 60 games with the Jets this season, scoring eight times and setting career highs in assists (25) and points (33) along the way.

Andrew Copp - USA

Copp, like Trouba, also spent time in the US National Development Program (2010-11 and 2011-12), and also represented the USA at the Under-18s and World Junior Hockey Championship.

He served as the assistant captain and averaged a point-per-game at the 2014 World Juniors, and won a gold medal at the U-18s in 2012 - where Copp had the best face-off percentage in the tournament at 65.38 per cent.

This will be Copp's first time representing the USA at the World Hockey Championship. The 22-year-old earned that opportunity after scoring nine times and adding eight assists in 64 games with the Winnipeg Jets this season.

 

Connor Hellebuyck - USA

Hellebuyck will turn 24 during this year's World Hockey Championship, a tournament where he has fond memories.

The Commerce, Michigan native represented the USA for the first time at the 2015 event, backstopping his country to a bronze medal win over Czech Republic. Hellebuyck played in eight games, and finished with the tournament's best save percentage (0.948) and goals against average (1.37).

For his efforts, he was named one of the Top Three players on the team, and was also named to the tournament All-Star team.

In his first full season in the NHL, Hellebuyck picked up four shutouts en route to a 26-19-4 record, 0.907 save percentage, and 2.89 GAA.

Nikolaj Ehlers - Denmark

The 21-year-old Ehlers has been one of the faces of Team Denmark dating all the way back 2011-12 when he played in an Under-16 event at the age of 15.

Winnipeg's ninth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft played in his first World Hockey Championship in 2016, scoring four goals and adding two assists in eight games.

Overall, Ehlers has worn Denmark's colours at 12 different events.

His second NHL season saw the Dane play in all 82 games (one of only four Jets to do so), and up his point production from 38 points in his rookie season to 64 in 2016-17.

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Below is the full schedule of the games Winnipeg Jets players will take to the ice throughout the tournament! All times listed in CT.

Friday, May 5

USA vs. Germany - 1:15pm
Canada vs. Czech Republic - 1:15pm

Saturday, May 6

Denmark vs. Latvia - 5:15am

Sunday, May 7

Canada vs. Slovakia - 5:15am
USA vs. Denmark - 9:15am

Monday, May 8

Canada vs. Belarus - 9:15am
USA vs. Sweden - 1:15pm

Tuesday, May 9

Denmark vs. Slovakia - 1:15pm

Wednesday, May 10

USA vs. Italy - 9:15am

Thursday, May 11

Denmark vs. Russia - 9:15am
Canada vs. France - 1:15pm

Friday, May 12

Denmark vs. Germany - 1:15pm

Saturday, May 13

USA vs. Latvia - 5:15am
Canada vs. Switzerland - 1:15pm

Sunday, May 14

USA vs. Slovakia - 9:15am
Denmark vs. Sweden - 1:15pm

Monday, May 15

Denmark vs. Italy - 9:15am
Canada vs. Norway - 9:15am

Tuesday, May 16

USA vs. Russia - 9:15am
Canada vs. Finland - 1:15pm

Thursday, May 18

QF1 - 9:15am
QF2 - 9:15am
QF3 - 1:15pm
QF4 - 1:15pm

Saturday, May 20

SF1 - 5:15am
SF2 - 12:15pm

Sunday, May 21

Bronze Medal Game - 9:15am

Gold Medal Game - 1:45pm

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