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Staios to represent Canada at Worlds

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Steve Staios has been named to Team Canada for the upcoming 2008 IIHF World Championship, to be played in Halifax and Quebec City. Staios was one of 15 players named to Canada's roster.


Team Canada General Manager Steve Yzerman, along with assistant general managers Doug Armstrong and Luc Robitaille, will now monitor the NHL playoffs over the coming weeks and look to make additions to the roster once the first round of NHL playoffs are completed.

In 82 games with the Oilers this season, Staios scored seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, including 121 penalty minutes. He was also ranked fourth in the NHL with 187 blocked shots.

Staios has represented Canada on three previous occasions, playing in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 World Championships.

“We are very pleased with the leadership and wealth of international experience that the players named today possess,” said Yzerman. “We feel that we have a very strong core group of players named today, and we look to supplement our roster over the next few weeks as we monitor the NHL playoff situation.”

Canada’s head coach will be Ken Hitchcock (Sherwood Park, AB/ Columbus, NHL), who will be joined by assistant coaches Pat Burns (St-Henri, QC/ New Jersey, NHL), Mike Johnston (Dartmouth, NS/ Los Angeles, NHL) and Craig MacTavish (London, ON/ Edmonton, NHL).

Team Canada will gather in Quebec City on April 24th for a pre-competition camp consisting of practices and two exhibition games (26th vs. Finland and 28th vs. Russia). Both games will take place at Le Colisée in Quebec City.

Experience:

Past World Championship experience (9):

Staios (EDM), Ward (CAR), Bouwmeester (FLA), Chimera (CBJ), Mayers (STL), Nash (CBJ), Staal (CAR), Toews (CHI), Whitney (CAR)

Past international experience:

World Juniors (6): Leclaire (CBJ), Bouwmeester (FLA), Chimera (CBJ), Nash (CBJ), Roy (BUF), Toews (CHI)

World Cup of Hockey (4):

Bouwmeester (FLA), Doan (PHX), Nash (CBJ), St. Louis (TB)

Olympics (5):

Bouwmeester (FLA), Doan (PHX), Nash (CBJ), St. Louis (TB), Staal (CAR)

Canada will open up the 2008 IIHF World Championship on May 2nd against Slovenia. TSN/RDS will carry all of Canada’s games (check your local listings for times in your area) and The Fan Radio Network will also be providing radio coverage of Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

The 2008 IIHF World Championship marks the first time that Canada has hosted the IIHF’s marquee event. This year’s Championship has added significance, because the IIHF World Rankings at the conclusion of this year’s World Championship will determine seeding for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Canada heads into the 2008 IIHF World Championship ranked third, behind Sweden and Finland.

Team Canada Roster, as of April 7, 2008:

G Pascal Leclaire Repentigny, QC Columbus Blue Jackets
G Cam Ward* Sherwood Park, AB Carolina Hurricanes

D Jay Bouwmeester Edmonton, AB Florida Panthers
D Duncan Keith Winnipeg, MB Chicago Blackhawks
D Steve Staios Hamilton, ON Edmonton Oilers

F Jason Chimera* Edmonton, AB Columbus Blue Jackets
F Shane Doan* Halkirk, AB Phoenix Coyotes
F Jamal Mayers* Toronto, ON St. Louis Blues
F Rick Nash* Brampton, ON Columbus Blue Jackets
F Derek Roy Rockland, ON Buffalo Sabres
F Patrick Sharp Thunder Bay, ON Chicago Blackhawks
F Martin St. Louis Laval, QC Tampa Bay Lightning
F Eric Staal* Thunder Bay, ON Carolina Hurricanes
F Jonathan Toews* Winnipeg, MB Chicago Blackhawks
F Ray Whitney Fort Saskatchewan, AB Carolina Hurricanes

* - players who won the 2007 IIHF World Championship with Canada
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