EDMONTON, AB - Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse was among the names announced on Monday that are set to compete as part of Hockey Canada's 22-man roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Košice and Bratislava, Slovakia this May 10-26.
The blueliner becomes the first Oiler to be confirmed for this Spring's tournament, and is one of only three players to play in back-to-back Worlds for Canada after appearing in 10 games for his country last May in Denmark.
Nurse and Canada begin training camp in Vienna later this week, which includes a pre-tournament game on May 7 against Austria.
Canada opens Worlds on May 10 against Finland before also facing Denmark, Great Britain, France, Germany, the host Slovakians and the United States in the preliminary round. The bronze and gold medal games will be played May 26, with Canada going for its first gold medal since 2016 after finishing fourth last May.