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2015 IIHF World Championship to Begin May 1

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

The 2015 IIHF World Men’s Ice Hockey Championship will begin on Friday, May 1, with six Florida Panthers representing their respective countries in the tournament in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, on May 1-17.

Panthers F Aleksander Barkov (Finland), D Aaron Ekblad (Canada), F Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic), F Jussi Jokinen (Finland), F Tomas Kopecky (Slovakia) and D Dmitry Kulikov (Russia) will all participate in the tournament.

Barkov and Ekblad will both make their World Championship debuts, while Jokinen and Kopecky will serve as Captain of their respective teams. Jagr will serve as Alternate Captain for Czech Republic.

Jagr returns to international play after previously retiring from the Czech national team following the 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Jagr, 43, has represented the Czech Republic in nine World Championships (winning two Gold Medals – 2005, 2010). He also represented his country at five Winter Olympic Games (winning a Gold Medal in 1998 and a Bronze Medal in 2006), two World Cup of Hockey tournaments, the 1991 Canada Cup and the 1990 World Junior Championships. Jagr is one of only two Czech-born players (Jiri Slegr) to win an Olympic Gold Medal, World Championship Gold Medal and Stanley Cup.

Select games from the World Championship will be broadcasted to U.S. viewers on NBC Sports Network, with the first game being USA vs. Finland on May 1, at 10:15 a.m. EDT. The Gold Medal game will be broadcasted on May 17, at 2:45 p.m. EDT.

For scores, updates and statistical information on the Panthers in the World Championship, fans are encouraged to visit www.floridapanthers.com/worlds on desktop or mobile devices.

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