SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Head Coach Peter DeBoer (Canada), G Tomas Vokoun (Czech Republic), G Scott Clemmensen (USA), G Jacob Markstrom (Sweden) and D Dmitry Kulkivov (Russia) will all represent their respective countries when the 2010 IIHF World Championships begin on May 7 in Germany.
DeBoer, 41, has served as Florida’s head coach for the last two seasons, compiling a 72-65-23 record. On the international level, DeBoer was a member of the coaching staff on Team Canada’s 2005 Gold Medal winning junior team and also served as an assistant coach at the 1998 World Junior Championships. In addition, he served on the coaching staff for the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series.
Vokoun, 33, represented the Czech Republic at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and will be playing in his fourth World Championship. He also played for his native country at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. The Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic native completed the 2009-10 season ranking third in the NHL in save percentage (.925), third in shutouts (7) and fifth in saves (1,924).
Clemmensen, 32, played in 30 games with Florida this season going 9-8-2 with a 2.91 GAA and a .912 save percentage. The Des Moines, IA, native won a NCAA National Championship with Boston College in 2001. Clemmensen ranks as Boston College’s career wins leader (99) and helped Boston College advance to the Frozen Four in each of his four playing seasons (1997-2001).
Markstrom, 20, played in 43 games with Brynas IF (SEL) posting a 20-10-10 mark with a 2.01 GAA, a .927 save percentage and was named the Swedish Elite League’s Goaltender of the Year. He also helped Sweden earn a Bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships playing in five contests, going 4-1-0.
Kulikov, 19, completed his rookie campaign with Florida registering 16 points (3-13-16) in 63 games played. He holds the Panthers rookie record for assists by a defenseman (13) and finished among the Top 10 NHL rookie leaders in power play assists (9-T5th) and power play points (10-T7th).
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