SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers will have four players participating in the 2017 IIHF Men's Ice Hockey World Championship from May 5-21. Forward Nick Bjugstad will represent Team USA, defensemen Jason Demers and Michael Matheson will represent Team Canada and forward Denis Malgin will represent Team Switzerland. The tournament will take place at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France and LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany.
Bjugstad, 24, appeared in 54 games for the Panthers recording 14 points (7-7-14). The 6-foot-6, 218-pound native of Minneapolis, Minn. Bjugstad has represented Team USA at the 2013 World Championship, recording two points (0-2-2) in 10 games and earning a bronze medal. Florida's 2010 first round pick (19th overall) represented his home country twice at the World Junior Championship (2011, 2012), winning a bronze medal in 2011.
Demers, 28, appeared in 81 games for the Panthers recording 28 points and a career-high nine goals. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Dorval, Quebec, finished the season ranking second among Florida's defensemen in goals, assists (19) and points, while averaging 19:36 time on ice per game. Demers will make his World Championship debut for Team Canada.
Matheson, 23, appeared in 81 games for the Panthers recording 17 points (7-10-17). His seven goals ranked him tied for second among the National Hockey League's rookie defensemen. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship, producing six points (2-4-6) in 10 games. His six points tied him for the lead in scoring among Canada's defensemen, while ranking him tied for second in scoring among defensemen in the tournament. Florida's 2012 first round draft choice (23rd overall) was voted the tournament's best defenseman.
In his first season in North America, Malgin, 20, appeared in 47 games for the Panthers recording 10 points (6-4-10) and appeared in 15 games for the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) posting 12 points (3-9-12). The 5-foot-9, 177-pound native of Olten, Switzerland is expected to make his World Championship debut. Malgin has previously represented Switzerland at the U-20 and U-18 World Junior Championships. Most recently in 2016, Malgin led Switzerland with nine points (1-8-9) in six games, ranking him the only Swiss player within the U-20 tournament's top-10 in scoring.
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