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Wild assign Dumba to Canada for World Juniors

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Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba on Wednesday was assigned to the Canadian National Junior Team and will be eligible to participate in the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.

Dumba, who for the past two years was the final player cut from the National Junior Team roster, is looking forward to the opportunity. He has one goal and two points in 13 games for the Wild this season.

"It's been tough on me the last two times," Dumba told the Wild website. "Being the last cut last year, it hurt. It [stunk] not being able to represent my country last year, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity that they're giving me this year."

The 2014 WJC will run Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. Dumba was one of 25 players invited to Canada's National Junior Team selection camp Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont. The final 22-player roster must be set by Dec. 25.

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